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Blackhawks' Corey Crawford: Losses continue to pile up
Crawford made 25 saves in a 3-2 loss to Montreal on Sunday.
Crawford allowed two goals on the first seven shots but got lucky when his team was able to rally and tie the game at 2-2. However, they were unable to get a third shot past Carey Price and wound up losing 3-2 after Montreal's Tomas Tatar scored with less than two to play in the third period. Crawford and the Hawks have now lost seven straight in what's been a disastrous season for both player and team.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Patrick Kane: Lone source of offense in loss
Kane scored both goals for the Blackhawks on Sunday in a 3-2 loss to Montreal.
Kane scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season to help Chicago erase a two-goal deficit. However, a late third-period goal by Montreal would send the Blackhawks to their seventh straight defeat, and Kane's performance would go completely to waste as a result. The dynamic forward continues to average more than a point a game and has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise nightmarish season for the Hawks.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Artem Anisimov: Enters concussion protocol
Anisimov is in concussion protocol having absorbed a heavy hit from Shea Weber in Sunday's 3-2 home loss to the Canadiens, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
This news was relayed to Myers from coach Jeremy Colliton, as the Blackhawks have been making a concerted effort to be more transparent with player injuries this season. If you've been depending on Anisimov in fantasy hockey, it will be worth checking back to see if he's going to travel to Winnipeg for Tuesday's game, but the initial fear that he's dealing with a concussion doesn't lend much hope that he's dealing with a minor injury.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Artem Anisimov: Suffers apparent injury
Anisimov required an early trip to the locker room in Sunday's 3-2 home loss to the Canadiens, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
As noted by Myers, Anisimov absorbed a huge hit from Habs defenseman Shea Weber, and the official game log shows the top-six forward taking only that first shift in the third period before leaving the contest for good. We won't speculate on the severity of the injury, but Anisimov is bound to be reevaluated ahead of Tuesday's road game against the Jets.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Corey Crawford: Set for battle with Habs
Crawford will work between the pipes as Sunday's home starter against the Canadiens, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Crawford reportedly will be countered by Carey Price in this battle against a Habs team that ranks 12th in the NHL by virtue of averaging three goals per game on the road. The Blackhawks have lost six straight games, and while that's helping their case to try and land the 2019 first overall draft pick --- with Team USA star Jack Hughes expected to be the first player selected -- Crawford has been a poor fantasy option amid the team struggles.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Gustav Forsling: Lands on IR
The Blackhawks placed Forsling (shoulder) on injured reserve Saturday.
Forsling's placement on IR was made retroactive to Dec. 5, which means he won't be eligible to return until Friday's game against the Jets. The Blackhawks are reportedly actively shopping Brandon Manning and Jan Rutta, but if they're unable to move either of those skaters prior to Forsling's return to health, they may opt to send the 22-year-old blueliner to AHL Rockford.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Connor Murphy: Activated off IR
The Blackhawks activated Murphy (back) off injured reserve Saturday.
Murphy has yet to play this season due to a back injury, so the Blackhawks will likely limit his minutes over the next few contests to allow him to get up to speed before handing him a full workload. The American blueliner's return to action will undoubtedly help shore up Chicago's leaky defense, but it will likely go unnoticed in most fantasy circles, as he's only totaled 31 points in 153 games over the past two seasons.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Duncan Keith: Posts two apples in loss
Keith set up two of his team's three goals, but it wasn't enough in a 4-3 loss to Vegas on Thursday.
It was a much better showing this time against Vegas, considering that the last time Keith faced the Golden Knights, he posted a minus-3 rating in an ugly loss. This time, the result for his team was the same, but he ended up a plus-1 and stepped up for his owners. Unfortunately, Keith's value is likely to be low until the trade deadline, when the Blackhawks could ship Keith out to start their rebuild and give him a much greater opportunity to produce.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Patrick Kane: Keeps up scoring
Kane notched an assist for the fourth time in five games, but his team fell short in a 4-3 loss to Vegas on Thursday.
Even when his team isn't worth watching, Kane remains a top-tier talent that will produce as long as he's got an opening. He's very much someone to hold and start regularly, as the 2017 first overall pick is one of the only players in the Windy City that owners can count on for consistent scoring. Kane is up to 13 goals and 32 points -- including one goal and six assists on the man advantage -- through 29 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Corey Crawford: Gives up lead late
Crawford stopped 32 of 36 shots, but he allowed the tying and winning goals 12 seconds apart in the third period of a 4-3 loss to Vegas on Thursday.
Crawford was having a pretty solid night until Jonathan Marchessault and Alex Tuch struck back-to-back, flipping this game on its head. The 33-year-old has now lost seven straight and is likely going to have to play lights-out to be of much use to his owners given how much the Blackhawks are struggling this year. It's a good idea to look elsewhere for goalie help if you can.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Corey Crawford: Set to face sizzling Golden Knights
Crawford will start Thursday night against Vegas, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Considering the Blackhawks played Wednesday, many felt the team would elect to start Cam Ward against the Golden Knights, but it will be Crawford making his 19th start Thursday. He'll be in tough against a team that's won seven of its last nine, whereas the 33-year-old netminder is winless in his last six starts and holds a 5-12-1 record on the season, along with a 3.16 GAA and .903 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Gustav Forsling: Dealing with minor injury
Forsling won't play Thursday against Vegas due to a minor shoulder injury, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
The Swedish blueliner evidently played through the injury during Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Anaheim, so it shouldn't keep him sidelined for long. Jan Rutta will replace Forsling in the lineup for Thursday's clash with the Golden Knights.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Corey Crawford: Rough stretch continues
Crawford allowed three goals on 31 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Ducks on Wednesday.
Crawford was a bit better Wednesday, but he still lost his sixth straight. Anaheim added an empty-net goal to seal the victory. He's not getting much help from his teammates, but Crawford's .864 save percentage during the losing streak can't be completely blamed on his skaters. Crawford is a liability at the moment with 12 regulation losses and a dismal .903 save percentage to go with a 3.16 GAA.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Corey Crawford: Starting in Anaheim
Crawford will guard the cage in Wednesday's road game against the Ducks, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
Crawford played pretty well in his last start Sunday against the Flames, stopping 38 of 41 shots, but he ultimately suffered his 11th loss of the campaign due to a lack of goal support from his teammates. The 33-year-old netminder will look to stay sharp and snap his five-game losing streak in a tough road matchup with a red-hot Anaheim team that's won four straight games.... See More ... See Less