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Marcus Kruger | Center

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/27/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 181
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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. Apr 7 - 11:55 AM

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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.
Feb 28 - 9:59 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.
Feb 13 - 5:28 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.
Jan 24 - 8:03 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.
Jan 9 - 5:00 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

Marcus Kruger has made significant improvements on his faceoff work this year.

He has won 169 of the 309 draws he's taken for a 54.7 winning percentage, which is up from the 46.2 success rate he had last season. Kruger has done his job as part of Chicago's fourth line with Brandon Bollig and Ben Smith. He is also a key member of the team's penalty kill. In 28 games, he has contributed 12 points.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 10:54:00 AM

Marcus Kruger's third-period goal turned out to be the game winner in the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 victory over the Canucks in Vancouver Saturday night.

Kruger's goal, his third of the season, came at 4:49 of the third period, only nine seconds after Andrew Shaw tied the game at 1-1 with his fifth goal of the season.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 12:37:00 AM

Minnesota took a 1-0 lead versus Chicago thanks to a power-play goal en route to the Wild's 5-3 win Saturday.

It was just the latest example of the Blackhawks' power-play struggles as they've only killed 72.2% of the opposition's power plays this season. That gives them the worst penalty kill in the league so far. "Our penalty kill isn't even close to where we want it. It's cost us points and cost us games," said Marcus Kruger. "We know what to do. We know the system. I don't know why it still happens and we don't do what we're supposed to do. I'm a big part of that. I don't know. Maybe get back to basics, I think." The loss of Michael Frolik, who they traded to the Winnipeg Jets, seems to have hurt them in that regard.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 09:32:00 AM

Marcus Kruger is slated to start Saturday's game between Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp on Chicago's second line.

Michal Handzus is out with an upper-body injury, so Kruger will get a shot on a scoring line. He has three assists after 10 games.
Source: NHL.com
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 06:18:00 PM

Marcus Kruger has signed a two-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kruger had 13 points and 24 penalty minutes in 47 games last season. He figures to serve as a bottom-six forward in 2013-14.
Fri, Jul 12, 2013 06:40:00 PM

Marcus Kruger is "very close" to re-signing with the Chicago Blackhawks, according to GM Stan Bowman.

"We expect it to get done in the next couple of days," Bowman said. Based on what Kruger's agent said earlier, it will probably be a two-year deal. Kruger is a skilled penalty killer and a solid bottom-six forward.
Fri, Jul 12, 2013 12:52:00 PM

Marcus Kruger and the Chicago Blackhawks remain locked in contract negotiations.

Kruger is a restricted free agent. His agent, J.P. Barry, indicated that the two sides are interested in inking a two-year deal. Kruger had four goals and 13 points in 47 games last season.
Source: CSN Chicago
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 10:20:00 PM

Marcus Kruger received a qualifying offer and is expected to begin contract talks with the Blackhawks on Tuesday, according to Kruger's agent.

Kruger would prefer a two-year contract after scoring four goals and 13 points in 47 games this season. The Swedish-born forward also registered three goals and two assists in Chicago's Stanley Cup run. Mostly a defensive forward, Kruger is unlikely to have much fantasy value next season.
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 02:01:00 PM

Marcus Kruger scored a goal in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

It was Kruger's third goal of the playoffs and his first in over a month. He's more of a defensive forward with Chicago and it wouldn't be shocking if this is the last point he gets in the 2013 playoffs. Still, it proved to be a key goal in Chicago's 6-5 overtime win.
Source: CSN Chicago
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 09:39:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Toews
2Andrew Shaw
3Michal Handzus
4Marcus Kruger
5Joakim Nordstrom
6Peter Regin
LW1Patrick Sharp
2Brandon Saad
3Bryan Bickell
4Brandon Bollig
RW1Patrick Kane
2Marian Hossa
3Kris Versteeg
4Ben Smith
5Jeremy Morin
D1Duncan Keith
2Brent Seabrook
3Niklas Hjalmarsson
4Nick Leddy
5Johnny Oduya
6Michal Rozsival
7Sheldon Brookbank
8David Rundblad
G1Corey Crawford
2Nikolai Khabibulin
3Antti Raanta
4Mac Carruth