OTTAWA, Ontario — Through two games, Blackhawks rookie Teuvo Teravainen has yet to record a single shot on goal. He didn’t have any Friday night, either, because he was a healthy scratch.
The two aren’t necessarily directly related, but coach Joel Quenneville would like to see Teravainen be more aggressive. The 19-year-old Finn is a playmaker first and a goal-scorer second, but at least twice Thursday night against the Boston Bruins, he gave up a point-blank shot in favor of a low-percentage pass through traffic.
Quenneville wants to see him defer less, and shoot more.
“Offensively, you think of shooting,” Quenneville said. “He has the puck in some good areas there, and he looks like he wants to dish a lot of times, but think of getting it to the net yourself, and get some action off of that.”
That said, Quenneville said he liked what he’s seen from Teravainen so far. If scratching him was to rest him and continue easing him into NHL life, or was a calculated move to keep his games played to less than 10 and preserve his three-year entry-level contract, Quenneville wasn’t letting on.
“Our plan is short term,” he said. “We’re evaluating as we go along here, and assessing things and options, as well.”
With Teravainen and Jeremy Morin out of the lineup, Quenneville said before the game that he was going to “try something.” That something turned out to be Matt Carey’s NHL debut. Carey, a center signed out of St. Lawrence College on March 20, skated on a line with Brandon Saad and Peter Regin.
Because he signed after the trade deadline, Carey is ineligible to play in the postseason. But Quenneville said he wanted to get Carey in a game or two — much as the Hawks did with St. Cloud State’s Drew LeBlanc last season — to see what he can do and to give him some NHL experience before next season, when he presumably will start in Rockford.
Bickell biding time
Bryan Bickell missed his fifth consecutive game with an upper-body injury, though Quenneville didn’t rule him out for Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh, saying, “he’s close.” While Patrick Kane’s injury has obviously hurt the Hawks’ offense — they’ve been shut out twice this week — Bickell’s absence has been felt, too.
“Bick was playing his best hockey all year,” Quenneville said. “He brings that presence, physicality, speed off the rush, shot, disruption on the forecheck. He made a difference in the game. We’re hoping that he comes back and plays at the same pace.”
Michal Rozsival resumed skating back in Chicago, and Quenneville hoped he could be back in time for Thursday’s home game against Minnesota. Kane isn’t doing anything hockey-related yet, but “he’s progressing,” Quenneville said. “He’s right on course.”