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First Line vs. First Line:

Head coach Mike Yeo doesn't look at the series as the two teams top lines battling each other. Chicago's depth is one of its strengths and from a match-up perspective, the coach looks at the team picture.

"I really think they're comfortable with just about any match-up that we throw at them," said Yeo. "It's a huge challenge for us to make sure that every one of our guys is ready and focused and at their best that shift because it doesn't matter who you are out there against it's going to be a challenge."

Pominville?:

Jason Pominville practiced, but didn't skate with a line and had a lengthy conversation with Yeo at center ice. Neither Pominville nor Yeo would give an answer either way but the posibility of Pominville active and seeing duty on the power play is a possibility that has been floated with the double shifting Yeo established in game three.

Back-up:

Yeo also left his back-up goaltender situation in the air and said he wouldn't name his back-up until game time. He did confirm that Josh Harding will be in net tonight in game 4.

Blackhawks:

Duncan Keith a New Daddy:

Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith missed Tuesday's morning skate to be with his wife in labor. The Keith's welcomed a new baby boy and according to head coach Joel Quenneville, Keith will be back and in the line up for game four.

Rivalry Renewed?:

Quenneville was asked about the rivalry that Chicago and Minnesota had in the 80's and if he thought that could be renewed. The coach responded with the affirmative citing the series with Vancouver as an example of familiarity breeds dramatics. The teams will play in the same division beginning next season.


Toews on Suter:

Chicago forward Jonathan Toews talked about how difficult it is facing Ryan Suter.

"You've got to try to outwork him," said Toews.

Easier said than done against the Norris Trophy candidate.

Game 5 Time:

The NHL released the start time for Game 5 in Chicago. The game time is slated for 8:30PM Thursday, leading to yet another late night.

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