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Trevor van Riemsdyk Will Not Play Game #2 Stanley Cup Final

By Keith Schultz
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Trevor van Riemsdyk will not be in the lineup in Game #2 after a day and a half of most Chicago Blackhawks fans wondering if he would be in the lineup for David Rundblad or Kyle Cumiskey.

The TVR rumors continued to swirl after Game #1 when he made the trip to Tampa for the Stanley Cup Final, and Joel Quenneville saying that basically we would see TVR sometime in the Finals.

After practice today, it was said that TVR wouldn’t play in Game #2, but that he was available, also TVR told the press today that he’s good to go and just waiting the call from Joel Quenneville.

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The calling for TVR still is a bit of a mystery to me. He only played in 15 regular season games collecting 1 assists and a +1 rating before suffering a near season ending lower body injury.   TVR was in Rockford on a rehab session when he was injured once again and it sure looked like his season was in peril.

TVR when in Rockford wasn’t playing at the same level he was with Chicago pre-injury, so everyone wanting him in the lineup is more of a slam on Kimmo Timonen, David Rundblad, and Kyle Cumiskey who have been Ok to poor in their play on the bottom paring after the Michal Rozsival injury.

None of the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman trio have hit the scoresheet with Timonen playing in 15 games, Cumiskey in 7 games, and Rundblad in 6 games, not that is there role with the team nor have they been given enough ice time to hit the scoresheet so whomever is playing in the 5th and 6th role points and ice time are in short supply.  Whether it’s TVR, Rundblad or Timonen the ice time will be severely limited and on a very short leash.

The Chicago Blackhawks had some other notes from today’s practice:

-Bryan Bickell practiced today.  What is aligments seem to be a mystery.  Quenneville was asked about concussion protocol with Bickell and some are suggesting migraines.  He centered the 4th line today.

-Marcus Kruger and Duncan Keith had the day off.  Pretty sure Keith deserves every possible second off with the incredible workload he’s been carrying.

-The Andrew Shaw biting fiasco is hopefully past! The Tampa Bay Lightning don’t want to talk about it anymore and Shaw didn’t have any NHL meetings scheduled so you will just have to gnaw on it if it’s really bothering you.

– Game time is 6:15 central Saturday!

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