After the Blackhawks morning skate on Saturday, coach Joel Quenneville confirmed that Tomas Kopecky will skate in the place of Andrew Ladd in Game One. There was also indications that Kopecky could see time where he was most comfortable at the end of the regular season, on the Blackhawks’ second line with Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa.
That would presumably bump Troy Brouwer to the third line, assuming Ladd’s checking role with Dave Bolland and Kris Versteeg.
Kopecky has three goals in 11 playoff games this offseason. He has not played, however, since Brouwer returned against Vancouver.
“I feel like I’ve had a really good playoffs,” Kopecky said Friday. “It was [Quenneville’s] decision. I accept it and move on.”
Kopecky also noted that he played a checking role with Detroit in the playoffs the last two years, and is comfortable in whatever role the Blackhawks ask him to serve.
“You have to find a role to help the team,” he said.
For the Flyers, veteran Brian Boucher will be activated for Game One and will serve as Michael Leighton’s backup.
Before leaving the United Center, Blackhawks Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Ben Eager and Jordan Hendry snuck up the ramp to get a peak at the Flyers’ practice.