Last season one of the biggest failures of the Blackhawks’ power play was a lack of a real net front presence.
Now coach Joel Quenneville will turn to Viktor Stalberg and Andrew Shaw to see if they can get the job done.
“I think Viktor is going to be a guy we’re going to put there,” Quenneville said. “And Shaw might get put in that role as well. He seems to position himself in some pretty good spots around and has a nice stick.
“Viktor has been talked about that and working in that as well. This is a great opportunity for him. He has produced very well for us 5-on-5, but an opportunity to get that quality ice time is what everybody wants, to be on the power play. He’s got a big body and a quick stick.”
The Hawks will conduct a simulated game on Wednesday night at the United Center. The day will start with a morning skate.
“We’ll try to simulate a game day and we get to play real hockey,” Quenneville said. “We’ll get a real chance to play on our power play and get some penalty killing chances, faceoffs, some bumbs. You get the feel of as real game since we don’t have a real game.”
Quenneville said seven more players would be recalled from Rockford to participate.