After practice on Tuesday, coach Joel Quenneville announced that Antti Niemi will start in goal for the ChicagoáBlackhawks Wednesday against Vancouver at the United Center. Quenneville has been clear in his public statements that he is going to use a two-goalie rotation this season because of the tight schedule. The Olympics has put NHL teams in tough situations throughout the 2009 portion of the calendar with back-to-back games, and the Hawks planned on utilizing both Niemi and projected No. 1 Cristobal Huet early. But the selection of Niemi for Wednesday is telling. The Hawks last played on Saturday night, giving the team plenty of time off between games. They also donÆt have another game this week until Saturday, giving the team their lightest week of October. This would be the time, ...
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