Coach Joel Quenneville plans to make full use of the Blackhawks roster early in the season. To that end he said he will insert Ben Smith into the lineup when the Hawks face the Lightning on Saturday night at the United Center. After securing a job during training camp Smith was a healthy scratch for the Hawks' opening 6-4 victory over the Capitals on Tuesday. Jimmy Hayes played in that game but in the two practices since Hayes has been skating outside the top four lines while Smith has been on the third line. "We want to get everybody in here the next few games before we get too far into the season" Quenneville said after practice Friday. "When you aren't playing you have to make sure you keep yourself sharp and into it. We have ways of making sure the extras skate and keep them game ready. We know they're going to be useful very soon." Smith and Hayes likely will rotate in and out of the lineup unless either plays well enough to claim a regular spot. "It's going to continue well on through the year" Smith said. "We just have to play our best every day and hope that the opportunities keep coming."
Hawks lineup will remain in flux early in season
Chicago Tribune | Oct 5