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From the time Handzus came aboard in a trade with San Jose to the end of the regular season, the 36-year-old center was playing 10-12 minutes on average. His ice time in this series has jumped significantly:
- Game 1, 20:35
- Game 2, 15:19
- Game 3, 15:58
Game 3 saw him win just over 30 percent of his faceoffs. Is he being worn down on the second line?
A bounce-back night at the dot could be a big factor in the 'Hawks taking control Tuesday. He could also be a factor in his absence if coach Joel Quenneville opts to insert new blood into the lineup.
Quenneville could dress Jamal Mayers Tuesday and use Marcus Kruger on the second line to shake things up. Handzus could also pick up a second wind. Either way, it could be a move to watch.