For the first three days of training camp, the Blackhawks haven't spent any time working on their beleaguered power play. That'll change on Wednesday, during a simulated game day that will revolve largely around special teams.
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said seven more Rockford players will be coming to camp tomorrow for an evening intrasquad scrimmage. There also will be a morning skate to best simulate the game-day experience, since there are no preseason games during this abbreviated camp. The Hawks leave for Los Angeles Thursday night for Saturday's season-opener.
"It'll simulate a game day," Quenneville said. "And we get to scrimmage against one another, get to play real hockey and get a real chance to play on our power play and get some penalty killing situations, face-offs. And you get some bumps and get the feel of a real game since we don't have a real game to get into the start of the season."
The Hawks haven't announced whether the scrimmage will be open to the public, but the most interesting thing to watch for will be how Viktor Stalberg and Andrew Shaw fare in their new roles on the power play, stationed in front of the net. Quenneville cited their quick sticks for tip-ins, Stalberg's "big body" and the 5-10 Shaw's knack for positioning himself well in front of the net.
Stalberg has been angling for some power play time since last year, and fared well on the power play in Sweden and Russia during the lockout.
"I'm looking forward to getting that opportunity," Stalberg said. "It's something I looked for last year and it didn't happen. I was frustrated by that at times. If I do get the chance, it's up to me to prove I deserve that chance. I'm going to do everything I can to make a difference there."