It’s Niemi vs. Khabby

It’ll be rookie Antti Niemi in the Blackhawks’ net rather than Cristobal Huet when the Edmonton Oilers and ex-Hawk Nikolai Khabibulin make their first appearance of the season at the United Center. In bypassing Huet, Quenneville nixed a matchup of the Hawks’ two goaltenders of last season. Huet struggled mightily, allowing three goals in the first five shots he faced in Monday’s 6-5 overtime win over Calgary but Quenneville said that was only part of the reason he went with Niemi. He noted that Niemi had a shutout in Finland and a win in relief against Calgary and deserved to make his first start on home ice. Huet figures to be between the pipes Thursday at Nashville.

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