New dad Keith to play in Game 4
Duncan Keith is the proud father of a baby boy.
The Blackhawks defenseman flew back to Chicago on Monday night for the birth and was expected to return in time to play in Game 4 on Tuesday.
It’s the first child for Keith and his wife, Kelly Rae.
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said it was a no-brainer to allow Keith to leave the team to attend the birth.
“It’s a good day for the Keiths,” Quenneville said. “It sounds like everything went well and we’re happy by the whole situation. We’re encouraged that he’ll be here today. It’s good news all the way around.
“I think family comes first in a situation like that. We’d want him to be there for his first child born. It was an easy decision. I’m very happy he was there in time and it all worked out.”
As for Game 4, Quenneville said Daniel Carcillo “could play,” which usually means he’s in the lineup.
“He’s one those guys who brings energy to your team and enthusiasm to you team,” Quenneville said. “You want to make sure you’re smart how you approach games, but I think he’s got to play the way that makes him successful and that’s playing hard and bringing that unpredictability.”
Carcillo played coy about his involvement in Game 4.
“Just keep working hard and if get an opportunity I’m going to make it count,” Carcillo said. “That’s the reason we play, to play in big games like this. It would mean a lot to get a chance – bring some energy and hopefully give the team a lift.”
Henrik Karlsson will back up Corey Crawford again. Ray Emery took more shots in the morning skate but still isn’t quite ready.
Jason Pominville took part in Minnesota’s morning skate and will be a game-time decision, according to Wild coach Mike Yeo.