Kyle Cumiskey is expected to play, replacing David Rundblad in the lineup when the Chicago Blackhawks play the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on Tuesday at the Honda Center.
Cumiskey skated alongside Johnny Oduya during Monday's practice, and coach Joel Quenneville told reporters he 'could play' over Rundblad, who was inserted into the lineup for Michal Rozsival, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Game 4 of Chicago's second-round sweep against the Minnesota Wild.
The 28-year-old Cumiskey has bounced around the NHL and overseas. He spent parts of five seasons with the Colorado Avalanche and the last two playing in Sweden before joining the Hawks. His only previous playoff experience came in 2010 with the Avalanche. He also played for the Syracuse Crunch in 2011-12 when it was Anaheim's AHL affiliate.
Sunday's 4-1 loss in Game 1 was Rundblad's first career playoff game, and first game since April 11. Cumiskey, who hasn't seen game time since Feb. 27, had no points in seven regular-season games.
History is not on the Hawks' side after the Game 1 loss, 77 percent of NHL teams that win Game 1 of the conference finals at home have gone on to win the series. The home team leading 1-0 wins 62 percent of the time in Game 2.
The Game 1 loss was the first for the Hawks since their first-round series against the St. Louis Blues in 2014. Both of which happened on the road.
Chicago is 3-3 on the road this postseason after going 24-16-1 during the regular-season. Corey Crawford stopped 23 shots in Game 1, and will get the start in net.
Here are the lines:
Opponent Breakdown: Anaheim Ducks
Anaheim has won nine of their first 10 games this postseason, the Ducks are off to their best-ever start to a playoff year.
Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen made 16 of his 32 saves in the first period and helped kill of all three Chicago power plays. The Ducks scored four goals, including two in the third and have now outscored their opponents 18-3 in the third period this postseason.
The Ducks have won their last six postseason home games. Anaheim is 5-0 at home this spring after going 26-12-3 at the Honda Center during the regular-season.
Here are the lines:
Chicago: Michal Rozsival (8-12 weeks, fractured ankle), Kris Versteeg (day-to-day, lower-body)
Anaheim: Sheldon Souray (IR, torn wrist ligament
When: 8 p.m. CT
Where: Honda Center
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