Hawks' Quenneville pondering some options in goal
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was non-committal Sunday about whether newly acquired goaltdender Jason LaBarbera would be recalled from Rockford anytime soon to replace Kent Simpson.
"He could be in the mix," Quenneville said.
Antti Raanta started again Sunday against the Kings after stumbling in Saturday's 7-3 loss at Toronto, where he allowed 5 goals — the first time he had surrendered more than 2 goals in any game since his recall from Rockford.
Simpson gave up 2 goals in the third period.
LaBarbera has 182 games of NHL experience.
"He's got experience, so we'll see how it works out," Quenneville said.
Raanta was unfazed about the acquisition of LaBarbera.
"It's not my job to think about that, my job is to stop the puck between the pipes," Raanta said.
Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle was glad his team took advantage of the Hawks' tough night in goal.
"I think you could say that Chicago's goalies had a rough night," Carlyle said after Saturday's game. "And you have to take advantage of that when it comes your way."
Bickell making trip:
Bryan Bickell will make the trip to Nashville with the Hawks but coach Joel Quenneville wouldn't say if the left winger would play Tuesday against the Predators
Bickell has been out with an injured left knee since Nov. 18, when he slid into the net at Colorado.
"We'll probably take him to Nashville, see how he does over the next couple days," Quenneville said. "More likely he'll return Friday (against) Vancouver. He did well today, so he's close."
Impressed with the Kings:
The Kings came to town having won six games in a row. A big reason why was they hadn't allowed a goal in the first period in 18 games until Sunday when the Hawks broke the streak.
"Outstanding stretch here and the most remarkable stat is 18 straight games without giving up a first-period goal," Joel Quenneville said. "They're winning some big games on the road. (They) lose a top goaltender (Jonathan Quick) and their goals-against is as good as anybody's over a long stretch of games here."
Quick has started skating again but is expected to be sidelined until after Christmas.
The Hawks faced Daniel Carcillo for the first time since he was traded to Los Angeles last summer after helping win the Stanley Cup.
Carcillo spent two injury-plagued seasons in Chicago.
"Anytime that you start the year on a team that has won a Cup in the past, recently, they obviously know what to do and have good leaders in the room," Carcillo told NHL.com. "Being back playing with (Jeff Carter) and (Mike Richards), we had some success in (Philadelphia) together, so there's some familiarity there. All you can ask for is starting the year on a team that has a chance to win, and this is definitely one of them."
Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell didn't play Sunday. He remained back at the team hotel because he was sick...Jeremy Morin and Michael Kostka were the Hawks scratches.
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