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Blackhawks' Corey Crawford: Grabs first shutout of season
Crawford stopped all 28 shots he faced in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Blues.
The 33-year-old had been mired in a slump, stumbling to a 4.34 GAA while losing five straight starts, but Crawford emphatically shook it off with his first shutout of the campaign. The performance boosted his save percentage to a respectable .911 through 10 games, and he'll look to build on it when the Blackhawks host the Kings on Friday.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Corey Crawford: Taking on St. Louis
Crawford will start between the pipes in Wednesday's home game against the Blues.
Crawford has struggled recently, suffering three consecutive defeats while posting an ugly 3.78 GAA and .888 save percentage over that span. The 33-year-old netminder will look to get back on track and snap his five-game losing streak in a tough home matchup with a Blues offense that's averaging 3.47 goals per game this campaign, fourth in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Brandon Saad: Ready to rock
Saad (arm) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blues, NHL.com's Scott King reports.
Saad will return to a bottom-six role against St. Louis, skating with Artem Anisimov and John Hayden on the Blackhawks' third line. The 26-year-old winger will be looking to pick up where he left off prior to his injury, as he had just begun to heat up before missing two games due to an arm issue, notching four goals and six points in his last eight appearances.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Brandon Davidson: Unavailable against St. Louis
Davidson (leg) won't be in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blues.
Davidson has only tallied one assist while posting a minus-4 rating in seven appearances this season, so his absence shouldn't impact any fantasy lineups. With Davidson unavailable, look for Gustav Forsling or Brandon Manning to draw into the lineup against St. Louis.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Brandon Davidson: Dealing with leg injury
Davidson won't practice Tuesday due to a leg injury.
Davidson's absence from practice leaves his status for Wednesday's game against the Blues up in the air. If he's unable to go, Brandon Manning or Gustav Forsling will likely take his spot in the lineup against St. Louis... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Gustav Forsling: Promoted to top level
The Blackhawks recalled Forsling from AHL Rockford on Tuesday.
Forsling has played pretty well in the minors this campaign, picking up two assists while registering a plus-1 rating in five appearances. The Swedish netminder will look to shore up a leaky Blackhawks defense that's allowing 3.72 goals per game this campaign, 30th in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Marcus Kruger: Placed on IR
The Blackhawks placed Kruger (leg) on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 9 on Tuesday.
The Blackhawks have yet to release any details regarding a potential timetable for Kruger's return, but he'll miss Wednesday's matchup with St. Louis at a minimum now that he's on IR. The veteran pivot is primarily deployed as a penalty-killing specialist by Chicago, so his absence shouldn't impact many fantasy lineups.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Connor Murphy: Resumes skating
Murphy (back) skated on his own prior to Tuesday's practice, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
Murphy's definitely trending in the right direction, but he'll likely need to log several full practices with his teammates before rejoining the lineup. The 25-year-old blueliner hasn't tasted game action since last season, so the Blackhawks may opt to send him on a conditioning stint to get him up to speed once he's been given a clean bill of health.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews: Opens scoring in Monday's loss
Toews scored a goal and fired three shots on net in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Hurricanes.
Toews tipped in a Henri Jokiharju shot for his ninth goal and 14th point of the season. The Blackhawks' captain is shooting at a rate of 15.7 percent, so his pace for a career-high 41 goals is certainly achievable.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Cam Ward: Loses to former team
Ward allowed three goals on 40 shots in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Hurricanes.
Ward's normal utility is to provide Corey Crawford with relief when the Blackhawks play back-to-back games, but the team gave him a road start against against a team he won the Stanley Cup for in 2006. The veteran netminder played excellent, but it wasn't enough to secure the victory as Sebastian Aho scored 76 seconds into overtime. Ward has struggled to a 3-2-4 record and sports a .887 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Brandon Saad: Out against Hurricanes
Saad (arm) won't play against the Hurricanes on Monday, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
This will the be the second game missed with this injury for the wing. Saad struggled last season in his return to the Blackhawks, although a 7.6 shooting percentage played a big role in that. This year, he has four goals in 16 games with an 11.1 shooting percentage, so at least his puck luck, if not his injury luck, has returned to normal.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Cam Ward: Set to face former team
Ward will start Monday's road game in Carolina, Kurt Dusterberg of NHL.com reports.
Ward will face the Hurricanes for the first time since leaving them in free agency. He spent his first 13 seasons with Carolina, including winning a Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy back in 2005-06. In Chicago, the 34-year-old has posted a 3-2-3 record and owns a 3.92 GAA and a .887 save percentage in eight starts.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Marcus Kruger: Will not play Monday
Kruger (leg) will not be in the lineup Monday in Carolina.
Chicago still has not put a timetable on Kruger's return from a leg injury suffered last Thursday against the Hurricanes. He'll sit out Monday, with his status beyond that still very much up in the air.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Corey Crawford: Hung out to dry
Crawford made 21 saves in a 4-0 loss to the Flyers on Saturday.
It was a lonely night for Crow, who was hung out to dry Saturday. He's 3-6 with a 3.07 GAA and .901 save percentage. The Blackhawks are brutal right now -- they have lost seven straight. Crawford is the only reason they aren't being eaten alive. But he probably should be on your bench until the team figures out what it's doing this season.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Brandon Saad: Questionable for Monday
Saad didn't play Saturday against Philadelphia due to an arm injury, but he could return to action as soon as Monday against Carolina, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports.
The good news is Saad's injury clearly isn't overly serious, so if he's unable to go against the Hurricanes, he should definitely be back for Wednesday's game against the Blues. The 26-year-old winger has started to pick up his play recently, notching four goals and six points in his last eight games.... See More ... See Less