Blackhawks to let Huet start

Updated: March 24, 2010, 3:37 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has elected to go back to Cristobal Huet in net for Thursday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, despite Antti Niemi posting a shutout Tuesday against the Phoenix Coyotes.

"Huet hasn't played since that Philly game [March 13], and he played very well, and we want to get him going, too," Quenneville said after practice on Wednesday. "He's going to play tomorrow."

With 10 games remaining in the regular season, Quenneville indicated, for the first time, a timetable for tabbing his starting goaltender for the playoffs.

"If you want to put a date on it ... inside of five [games] it might be clearer, where you might go with one guy," Quenneville said. "We want both guys confident in the net. We want them to be playing well.

"I think they both deserve an opportunity to keep playing and keep getting a chance to be the guy."

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com.

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