CHICAGO | Teuvo Teravainen got all the hype, but Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was just as curious Sunday about new college signee Matt Carey.
The St. Lawrence University freshman forward signed with the Hawks on Thursday. A day later he began skating with Teravainen and the parent-club’s roster.
“He looks like a nice player,” Quenneville said. “You like the way he worked. I liked the skill set. Teuvo, we’ve seen before. So I was a little more curious about Matt.”
The Carey family is busy getting acquainted with NHL life. Older brother Greg, a St. Lawrence senior, signed with the Phoenix Coyotes the day before Matt came into the Hawks’ fold.
“I’m looking to learn how the professionals live, the lifestyle, kind of that,” Matt Carey, 22, said. “I need to improve on my defensive game. I’m looking forward to shadow a little bit on Jonathan Toews, see how he plays.
“I’m kind of a puck possession player. I like to get in the corners and get the puck out.”
The Carey brothers did not try to make themselves a package deal for one team.
“We just wanted to go where the best opportunity would be,” Matt Carey said.
Quenneville does not know when Carey will make his Hawks debut.
“We’re going to see how it plays out,” he said. “We’ll see how he fits in. At some point hopefully we’d get a chance to play him at least in a game and go from there.”
Momentum buster?: The disheartening 2-0 defeat to Nashville Sunday, second against the Predators in nine days at the United Center, blunted some forward momentum for the Hawks to overhaul the Central Division-leading St. Louis Blues, ahead by six points.
At least the Hawks, starting with Quenneville, are keeping the prospects of a last-ditch rally low-key.
“It didn’t look good at the beginning of the week, and all of a sudden things changed a little bit,” said Quenneville. “So we’ll see. We’ll try to take care of our own business and try to move up. But we still got to go past them, too.”
The Hawks have one last head-to-head shot against the Blues in a nationally-televised game April 6 at the United Center.
“It’s about focusing on playing well enough to get two points every single game,” said captain Jonathan Toews. “If we do that, then the standings will take care of itself. We can’t control what’s going on in (the Blues’) games.”
Playoff tickets on sale: Single-game tickets for the first two playoff rounds of United Center contests, beginning April 16, went on sale Monday. Tickets are available exclusively at ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.
Each customer will be limited to four tickets. Refunds for any un-played playoff games will be available at the point of purchase. In that event, the credit card used to purchase tickets by fans using the internet or phone will be automatically credited, less any applicable processing fee.
The Hawks will go into the postseason with 267 consecutive sellouts — 229 regular-season games and 38 playoff contests. The last non-sellout at the United Center was March 23, 2008 against the Blues.