Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/16/13 at 03:54 PM ET
from Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago,
Although he appeared in just 19 regular season games this year and none so far in the postseason, it might be time for Chicago Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers to make his playoff debut in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins on Monday.
Conventional thinking in the aftermath of the Hawks' 2-1 loss in Game 2 was that Viktor Stalberg might return to the lineup in place of fourth-liner Brandon Bollig....
Mayers is a stabilizing force, a veteran who is beloved in the locker room. It’s a button to push for Quenneville. Teammates will rally around that kind of decision and Mayers can use the adrenaline of the moment to overcome any quickness or speed issues. It doesn’t hurt that he’s a face-off option from the right side, something that line doesn’t possess with Michael Frolik and Marcus Kruger.
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