SOUTH BEND, Ind. – As the Blackhawks wrapped up their two scrimmages on Friday they spent the final 10 minutes of each game playing 3-on-3.
In an attempt to cut down on the number of shootouts, the league will implement 3-on-3 in overtime hockey this season; the league designated 45 select games through the preseason to play 3-on-3 at the end of regulation, regardless of the score in those games.
Coach Joel Quenneville said he thinks it will be all right.
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“It’s hard to predict exactly how it will play out. But I think getting the guys familiar with maybe some plays that you can try to take advantage (of), some trouble spots, and defending is something you have to look at,” Quenneville said on Friday. “It’s something we haven’t played before, so it gives us an idea of what to look at, what to do as a team. I didn’t mind what the guys were doing, the creativity. Trying to score is going to be fun. Trying to be patient, trying to find that balance is what we’re looking for.”
Players liked their test run of it, too.
“It was something new for me. I haven't experienced it,” Marian Hossa said. “It feels like there is so much space and so much big windows for a great opportunity and also to get minuses too.”
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Marcus Kruger will not be at training camp at Notre Dame this weekend. Quenneville said the forward has a “visa issue,” and should be at camp next week. Kruger signed a one-year deal with the Blackhawks last Friday.
Michal Rozsival, whose postseason ended with a fractured ankle against Minnesota last spring, should be on the ice next week. The same is true for Kyle Cumiskey, who Quenneville said had a procedure for an unspecified lower-body injury this summer.
The Blackhawks will make one round of roster cuts around the time they play back-to-back games against Detroit next week. The next round of cuts will be after the Blackhawks’ first four preseason games.