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Marcus Kruger | Center

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/27/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 186
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Marcus Kruger (illness) returned to action on Saturday.
Kruger took a minor penalty as he saw 10:56 worth of playing time. Kruger ends the season with seven goals and 17 points and was a minus-five. He is worth taking late in a playoff pool only if you think the Blackhawks are going deep into the playoffs. Apr 12 - 3:12 AM

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Marcus Kruger is dealing with an illness.

Kruger is out on Thursday as a result. He has seven goals and 17 points in 80 games this season.
Apr 9 - 3:24 PM

Marcus Kruger notched a goal and an assist for Chicago as the Blackhawks downed the Canucks 3-1 to clinch a playoff spot on Thursday night.

The 24-year-old now has 17 points in 77 games this season, and helped Chicago clinch a playoff berth with the win. He assisted on the opening goal and scored the insurance marker late in the third.
Apr 3 - 1:35 AM

Marcus Kruger scored a goal in Sunday's 4-2 win over St. Louis.

His fifth goal opened the scoring in the first period and it was the first time be found the back of the net since Dec. 3. He ended a 27-game goalless drought and a 19-game pointless slump. Kruger has 13 points in 53 matches and he shouldn't be on your fantasy radar.
Feb 9 - 11:52 AM

Marcus Kruger earned a pair of assists in Thursday's 3-2 win over Boston.

He picked up helpers on first-period goals by Klas Dahlbeck and Ben Smith to help give Chicago a 2-0 lead. Kruger has contributed 10 points in 29 games this season. He's a good role player and a strong penalty killer, but he doesn't have any fantasy value.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 11:17:00 AM

Marcus Kruger is "fine" to play in Game 6 after he took a hard hit from Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin on Wednesday.

"He takes some tough hits," coach Joel Quenneville said. "It looked like he probably got crushed, but it wasn't that bad. It was right in front of us. I got to see it. Sometimes you make contact with the boards and get hit pretty hard, but he's good about absorbing it, rolling off it. Tough, too." Kruger posted a minus-3 rating and logged 19:27 in Chicago's 5-4 double overtime win against Los Angeles.
Fri, May 30, 2014 09:33:00 AM

The Blackhawks will keep their fourth line in tact for Game 3 Saturday night against the Kings.

Marcus Kruger will continue to play between Ben Smith and Brandon Bollig. The line has been effective in the post-season and Smith and Kruger have out-scored Michal Handzus despite the fact that Handzus has been playing with offensive stars Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp.
Sat, May 24, 2014 09:37:00 AM

Marcus Kruger does not have a limp anymore.

Kruger had been seen limping after games during the second round but with a few days off after clinching in Game 6 on Tuesday, he is now fine. Kruger has played an amazing amount of games since the NHL resumed action on January 19, 2013 as he has played in 170 games, including the Olympics, the most of any NHLer. He has a goal and an assist in 12 playoff games this season.
Sun, May 18, 2014 08:37:00 AM

Marcus Kruger centered Chicago's second line during Thursday's practice.

He found himself between Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad, as coach Joel Quenneville shuffled his combinations. "We're looking for balance and maybe all lines, a little more threat to score on all the lines," said Quenneville. Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane joined Michal Handzus on the third line and Ben Smith skated alongside Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell.
Thu, May 8, 2014 06:09:00 PM

Marcus Kruger had the game-winning goal in Sunday's 4-2 triumph over St. Louis.

He gave the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead less than a minute into the third period to give him eight goals on the year. The marker snapped an eight-game pointless drought for the checking-line forward.
Mon, Apr 7, 2014 11:55:00 AM

Marcus Kruger was struck in the face by a shot from New York's Brad Richards in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.

He left for repairs and to be examined during the second period, but he was able to return. Kruger has six goals and 24 points in 61 contests this year.
Fri, Feb 28, 2014 09:59:00 AM

As expected, Marcus Kruger is playing a similar role with Sweden to the one he plays in Chicago.

"I'm going to get a lot of chances on the (penalty kill) and try to be strong there," he said. "I think we did a good job in that area (Wednesday) and our power play was good as well. It's a good way to win games here." His Blackhawks teammates, Johnny Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson, are also paired together on Sweden's back end.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 05:28:00 PM

Marcus Kruger scored a goal in Wednesday's shootout loss to Detroit.

Coach Joel Quenneville has been impressed with the play of Chicago's fourth line of late. "They're accustomed to knowing that defensively we want them to be responsible. Offensively, there's something there, but their job description is to make sure you're not scored on," said the Blackhawks bench boss. "If you can break even against (No. 1) lines like that, it's a productive night for us." Kruger, Ben Smith and Brandon Bollig have been playing against the best lines of the opposition in recent games.
Fri, Jan 24, 2014 08:03:00 AM

Marcus Kruger will probably get another opportunity on Chicago's second line.

Kruger replaced Michal Handzus, between Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg, during the team's 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday and he's expected to start there again ahead of Saturday's match-up against Montreal. His fantasy value would increase substantially if he can stick on the second line, so it's a situation worth keeping an eye on.
Thu, Jan 9, 2014 05:00:00 PM

Marcus Kruger has excelled on the draw this season.

Kruger has won 57.1% of his draws this season, which is good for 10th place in the NHL. That's a huge jump from his 2013 success rate of just 46.3%. "When I came over here [from Europe], it was a big difference from what I was used to," Kruger explained. "It takes a little time to adjust." He credited retired NHLer Yanic Perreault with helping him bolster this aspect of his game.
Wed, Dec 25, 2013 09:15:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Toews
2Antoine Vermette
3Brad Richards
4Marcus Kruger
5Teuvo Teravainen
6Joakim Nordstrom
LW1Patrick Sharp
2Brandon Saad
3Bryan Bickell
4Daniel Carcillo
RW1Patrick Kane
2Marian Hossa
3Kris Versteeg
4Andrew Shaw
5Andrew Desjardins
D1Duncan Keith
2Brent Seabrook
3Kimmo Timonen
4Niklas Hjalmarsson
5Johnny Oduya
6David Rundblad
7Michal Rozsival
8Kyle Cumiskey
G1Corey Crawford
2Scott Darling
3Antti Raanta