The Chicago Blackhawks have plenty of options for their lineup Tuesday night when the hunt for the Stanley Cup officially begins for the team. Most of the faces we know and love (or at least tolerate) will be on the ice when Chicago's Western Conference quarterfinal with Minnesota gets underway.
Last year, Brandon Saad came straight from major junior to the Blackhawks' first-round series with Phoenix. The year before, Ben Smith provided some playoff heroics. In the championship season of 2009-10, Bryan Bickell broke into the lineup and provided production after spending most of his season in Rockford.
A host of players were called up to the unlimited playoff roster last week. However, most of those skaters will merely be practicing with the team.
Could one of the black aces take part in a playoff game? Here are some of the likelier options.