After the Blackhawks' morning skate on Saturday, coach Joel Quenneville confirmed that Tomas Kopecky will skate in the place of Andrew Ladd in Game One. There were also indications that Kopecky could see time where he was most comfortable at the end of the regular season, on the Blackhawks’ second line with Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa.
That would presumably bump Troy Brouwer to the third line, assuming Ladd’s checking role with Dave Bolland and Kris Versteeg.
Kopecky has three goals in 11 playoff games this offseason. He has not played, however, since Brouwer returned against Vancouver.
For the Flyers, veteran Brian Boucher will be activated for Game One and will serve as Michael Leighton’s backup.
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