Stalberg, who has no goals and three assists in the playoffs, said he talked to Quenneville about the possibility he would be out for opener against Boston. Bollig, listed at 6-foot-2, 223 pounds, brings a more sizeable presence against the physical Bruins compared to the 6-3, 209-pound Stalberg, who is more of a speed player.
Stalberg skated outside the top four lines when Chicago practiced at the United Center on Tuesday, and coach Joel Quenneville also broke up the combination of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane that worked so well at the end of the Western Conference finals.
Brandon Bollig will get Stalberg's spot in the lineup for at least Game 1. Bollig, listed at 6-foot-2, 223 pounds, brings a more sizeable presence against the physical Bruins compared to the 6-3, 209-pound Stalberg, who is more of a speed player.
Crawford to start Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals
Crawford has been excellent in the post-season. He leads the playoffs in GAA with a 1.74 and sits second to Tukkaa Rask in SV% with a .935. The Rask vs. Crawford matchup is an intriguing one as they both were not the starters the last time each of these teams won the Stanley Cup, but now they get their shot.
Crawford allowed two goals on 21 shots in Game 4's 3-2 win. The Blackhawks are in the drivers seat and will look to close out the series at home tonight. The Kings have not played well on the road in these playoffs, so it will be a tough task for Los Angeles.
#Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville confirms Sheldon Brookbank will replace Duncan Keith in lineup vs. Kings in Game 4.
Brookbank appeared in 24 games for the Blackhawks this season, scoring one goal. He has never recorded a point in 17 career playoff games. This is a huge downgrade from Duncan Keith, but Brookbank can bring some extra physicality and toughness to the Hawks lineup.
Crawford allowed two goals on 27 shots in Game 3's 3-1 loss in Los Angeles. The Kings stayed perfect at the Staples Center in the postseason so it won't be an easy task for Crawford to steal one on the road tonight. The Blackhawks will be without their best defenseman Duncan Keith for tonight's contest.
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith has been suspended for one game for high-sticking Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter during Game 3 of the Western Conference Final in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
This is a huge loss for the Blackhawks. Keith is their top minute-eater at 24:44 per game in the post-season. He has recorded a goal, nine assists and is plus-5 in 15 games. For a full explanation from the NHL's Department of Player Safety please visit the link.
Blackhawks' Duncan Keith faces NHL hearing after 'accidental' high stick to face of Kings' Jeff Carter.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter thought Keith got off easily with a double minor after opening a gash on Carter's face during the game. Keith clipped Carter during an exchange well behind the play in the second period. After Carter took a short hack at Keith's hand while the defenceman bent down to pick up his glove, Keith responded by skating behind Carter and hitting him in the face with a one-handed swing of his stick, dropping Carter to the ice.
Crawford allowed two goals on 31 shots in Game 2's 4-2 win. He now holds the playoff's best GAA with a 1.67 and second best SV% with a .938. He has been fantastic all year and with another good performance tonight, he could have the Hawks one win away from the Stanley Cup Finals.
Crawford was not as busy as Jonathan Quick in Game 1 but he was excellent regardless. He allowed one tally on 22 shots in the Game 1 win. He will obviously be back in goal tonight and will look to lead the Blackhawks to a 2-0 series lead.
Crawford allowed one goal on 26 shots in a 4-1 win in Game 5. He now has the Playoffs second best GAA (1.66) and third best SV% (.938). The Blackhwaks face elimination again tonight but this time on the road and Crawford will need to be ready for Joe Louis Arena to be rocking.