Chicago Blackhawks forward Richard Panik’s favorable impression with his new team could be in jeopardy after he reportedly overslept and showed up late for Thursday’s morning skate.
Coach Joel Quenneville promptly ruled out Panik for the Stanley Cup rematch pitting the red-hot Blackhawks (32-13-4) against the Tampa Bay Lightning (25-17-4), who have won six in a row. The coach told reporters that seven defensemen are expected to suit up for Chicago, which has won a franchise-best 12 games in a row to race to the top of the Western Conference.
Panik overslept, so he sits tonight. #Blackhawks will go with seven D. Sekac unlikely to get in tonight. Could play tomorrow.