Source: Mike Halford, NBC Sports Pro Hockey Talk 
Pirri, one of the club’s brightest offensive prospects, will get a chance to play in a top-six role as the club announced the incumbent No. 2, Michal Handzus, would miss at least the next two games with an upper-body injury.
Crawford in tonight, Q unsure if it's Khabibulin vs. OTT tomorrow. Handzus not skating, out tonight & tomorrow. #Blackhawks 
— Tracey Myers (@TramyersCSN) October 28, 2013 
“We’re still looking for who’s going to be that [second-line center],” head coach Joel Quenneville told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s an opportunity for Brandon to hopefully grab that. We certainly feel he can play there. We’re comfortable giving him that chance here and I think he’ll do fine.”