Skip to content

Brookbank expected to take Keith’s spot for Game 4

Jun 6, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT

Sheldon Brookbank Getty Images

Blackhawks defenseman Sheldon Brookbank will replace suspended Duncan Keith tonight in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals at the Staples Center, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Brookbank has yet to play in the postseason. His last game action came on April 27 in a regular-season contest versus the Blues.

No problem, says Chicago d-man Michal Rozsival.

“I don’t worry about him not being ready,” said Rozsival, per the Sun-Times. “If he’s in, we’ll be fine with him in the lineup.”

Brookbank is likely to see limited action anyway. Making up for Keith’s one-game absence will fall largely on the shoulders of Niklas Hjalmarsson, Brent Seabrook, and Johnny Oduya.

The ‘Hawks will also need a strong game from Nick Leddy, who like Keith is a strong skater who shoots left. In fact, according to NHL.com, Leddy could jump from the third pairing to take Keith’s spot beside Seabrook.

Whatever the Blackhawks do with their defensive duos, it won’t be easy to replace Keith.

“He eats up a lot of ice,” said forward Patrick Kane. “He’s a guy that’s in great shape. He never gets tired out there. He’s tireless. Especially on the back end with a guy that can move the puck like that, plays in all situations — power play, penalty kill — it’s a huge part of this team.”

  1. tripps3 - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    IMO (i am a Hawks fan though) DC’s absence will be offset by a good game from Crawford and extra efforts from their blue line – as LA is typically not a huge offensive threat.

    • pudgalvin - Jun 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      I’d like to see Leddy get quite a bit more run tonight. Seems like Q doesn’t trust him quite as much in the playoffs, but I thought he was plenty good enough this season to earn more minutes now.

  2. 1901wmadison - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    I agree – however, Keith is a huge part of their offense too. Need kane or toews to step up tonight and everyone needa to stay out of the box.

  3. 1901wmadison - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Needs*

  4. slysipops - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    i kind of figured that he would be the replacement. i also thought LEDDY might step up to D with SEABROOK and SHELDON go with ROSIVAL. those two have played together but they will have to be careful about not pinching too much. some of the offensive playersare going to have to step it up with the scoring push….KANE….STALBERG…..FROLIC etc. we also need more net presense from the forwards. they have got to crowd QUICK more.

  5. comeonnowguys - Jun 6, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Better passing.
    Net presence.
    Stay out of the box.

    Win.

  6. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Brookbank was piss poor tonight in what little ice time he ended up taking.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. K. Hayes (2150)
  2. S. Crosby (2039)
  3. R. Johansen (1709)
  4. D. Alfredsson (1572)
  5. J. Giguere (1449)
  1. J. Spezza (1412)
  2. A. Ovechkin (1331)
  3. S. Mason (1242)
  4. C. MacArthur (1181)
  5. R. Malone (1132)