Michael Frolik obviously hasnt had the type of season he wanted. He was a healthy scratch down the stretch, and through the first two playoff games. Even when he was playing on a regular basis, his strong defense was there but the scoring wasnt.
Now with Andrew Shaw facing a three-game suspension, it appears Frolik may get another chance to crack the lineup.
Frolik could be playing in Game 3 tonight as the Blackhawks host the Phoenix Coyotes in their Western Conference quarterfinal series. For Frolik, this has been a trying season. His five goals mark his lowest season total in his NHL career, and its a far cry from the two consecutive 21-goal seasons he had with the Florida Panthers.
But Froliks hoping he can get his game going if he plays tonight.
Its a long season. Some small thing can happen and it can turn around, he said. Its the playoffs. Everyone starts at zero. And its a chance for me to use it the right way.
Indeed, Frolik had a very solid postseason last year for the Blackhawks, posting two goals and three assists, including his successful penalty shot in Game 6.
Frolik has had a forgettable season. He figured Chicago would be a fresh start when he left Florida, that he would take off here. It didnt happen this regular season. So if he plays now, he needs to reignite his game.
I want to make sure Im ready, he said. I want to get moving try to make easy plays. Well see how it goes from there.
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Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and alternate captain Duncan Keith had to be separated during Tuesday's morning skate after the two appeared to get into a confrontation.
The two three-time Stanley Cup champs wrestled to the ice, with Toews pinning Keith down to the ice. Assistant coach Sheldon Brookbank broke the pair up.
“Just a little friendly wrestling," Toews said of the bout. "Were ready to go. It’s a big game tonight. I think the whole point of morning skate is to get going and we’re ready now.”
"You got a brother?" Colliton asked Chicago Tribune reporter Jimmy Greenfield, who asked about the altercation. "I do too and I got two boys at home, so I've seen that movie before."
Things have been looking up for Chicago, which is three points out of a WIld Card spot and riding a five-game winning streak with one game left before the All-Star break.
"I don't know," Patrick Kane said with a laugh regarding the kerfuffle. "I think they were just messing around, I'm not really sure what happened there."
The Hawks welcome coach Joel Quenneville back to the United Center for the first time since he was fired on Nov. 6 of 2018 Tuesday night. Quenneville now coaches the Florida Panthers, third in the Atlantic Division.
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