NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Talk about being thrown into the fire.
Not only will Bryan Bickell find himself in the Blackhawks' lineup Thrusday night in Game 4 against the Predators after playing in only 16 regular-season games, but the rookie left wing will skate on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
"It's a great opportunity for me to show my skills and hopefully help get this team to the next step," Bickell said.
The Hawks need to be more physical, which is why coach Joel Quenneville is calling on Bickell and Adam Burish at such a critical time in the series.
Burish will make his first appearance of the series as well on the fourth line.
"I think we need to be more physical," Bickell said. "We're getting outhit out there and I like to grind it out in the corners. My size will help, I think.
"I just need to keep it simple. Those guys (Toews and Kane) are really skilled and can make plays wherever, so I just need to do the little things like get the puck in the corners and get it to them if I am playing with them."
Talk Soup: Up until Wednesday, Joel Quenneville has said no when asked if injured defenseman Brian Campbell was ready to return from his broken collarbone.
But on Wednesday, Quenneville said, "We'll see," when asked if Campbell might be available for Game 4 Thrusday night.
Campbell was hurt March 14 when Alex Ovechkin shoved him into the boards, and doctors said the recovery would take 7-8 weeks. Campbell has been out five weeks and three days.
Campbell got some power-play practice time in on Wednesday.
All business: Predators coach Barry Trotz has warned his team that the series is far from over despite Tuesday's Game 3 victory.
"We haven't done anything," Trotz said Wednesday. "They're a very good hockey team and Joel (Quenneville) will have them prepared. They have some great character in their room.
"They're going to come out with a lot of urgency, push the pace, push the urgency level and the effort level. Our job is to respond and try to deny some of those things."
As for Game 4 always being a pivotal point in any series, Trotz said, "You can take control of a series for the most part or you can let it slide."
Tip-ins: Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Brent Sopel rested and didn't practice Wednesday. - Nashville's Patric Hornqvist (upper body) skated and will again be a game-time decision, according to Barry Trotz. - The Predators are still without a power-play goal, now 0-for-12 in the series.