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Marcus Kruger | Center | #16

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/27/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 186
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 5 (149) / CHI
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Marcus Kruger moved up to the second line Tuesday between Marian Hossa and Ryan Hartman.
"I like playing in the offensive zone more, but I don't worry too much about it," said Kruger, who normally is deployed in defensive situations. "I try to play the same game no matter what line I'm on. We want to play better than this past weekend." He has accounted for two goals and seven points in 28 games this year. Dec 7 - 11:18 AM

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With his goal during Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over the Devils, Marcus Kruger now has points in three of his last four games.

Kruger isn't one to score many points, but he's now up to two goals and seven points through 25 games this season.
Dec 2 - 3:15 AM

Marcus Kruger was pulled late in the second period on Wednesday night by concussion spotters.

He underwent some tests and then returned to the contest. Kruger has one goal and three assists in 21 games this campaign.
Nov 24 - 9:07 AM

Marcus Kruger may fill in on Chicago's second line on Friday night.

Artem Anisimov is questionable to play against Washington due to an upper-body injury, so there will probably be a spot open between Artemi Panarin and Marian Hossa. Coach Joel Quenneville also said that Nick Schmaltz could be an option to center the second unit.
Nov 11 - 9:05 AM

Marcus Kruger scored a goal in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.

Kruger opened the scoring just 2:39 into the game. Ryan Hartman and Marian Hossa assisted on Kruger's first of the season. Kruger is a useful two-way player for the Blackhawks, but he doesn't get enough offensive opportunities to be relevant in standard fantasy leagues. The 26-year-old has picked up two points through two games this season. Niklas Hjalmarsson also scored for the Hawks tonight.
Oct 14 - 10:57 PM

Marcus Kruger (upper body) should be okay for Team Sweden's World Cup opener on Sunday.

Kruger missed two exhibition contests due to the ailment. "I'm prepared to play Sunday," Kruger said. "It's tough when something like this happens right away. You want to be here playing for your team and your country but at the same time you try to be positive (and) stay patient." He's coming off of a rough season where he was limited to four assists in 41 contests.
Sep 16 - 9:07 AM

Marcus Kruger (upper body) will not participate in Wednesday's exhibition game against Team Europe.

Kruger didn't complete Thursday's contest due to the ailment. Team Sweden coach Richard Gronborg does believe that Kruger will be fine for the start of the World Cup though.
Sep 14 - 12:59 PM

Marcus Kruger is dealing with an upper-body injury.

He didn't practice on Friday with Team Sweden after he missed the last part of Thursday's pre-tournament opener. Kruger isn't expected to play on Saturday as a precaution.
Sep 9 - 9:09 AM

Marcus Kruger celebrated his 26th birthday last Friday with a selection to Team Sweden for the upcoming World Cup.

He missed half of the season due to injury, but his two-way style has given him a spot on the roster. Kruger will join Chicago teammate Niklas Hjalmarsson on Sweden.
May 30 - 11:11 AM

Marcus Kruger has given Chicago's penalty kill a boost.

Following his return on Mar. 26, Chicago killed off 19 straight power plays from the opposition going into Saturday's regular-season finale. That streak ended on the Blue Jackets' second power play of the contest when they scored during a 4-on-3 advantage in overtime. Still, the Blackhawks feel good about their penalty kill going into the playoffs and they will need it to be strong in the playoffs against a St. Louis Blues team that ranked sixth on the power play during the year.
Apr 11 - 12:34 PM

Marcus Kruger played 13:38 in his return to the lineup on Saturday.

He played on a line with Andrew Shaw and Andrew Desjardins. Kruger had been out since Dec. 17 because of a wrist injury. He finished the game with no points, a plus-2 rating and three shots on goal. "I’ve been practicing for a long time and you’re always wondering how it’s going to be in a real game," Kruger said. "It was good to get that going today and obviously it was nice to get a win."
Mar 27 - 11:53 AM

Marcus Kruger (wrist) is expected to return on Saturday.

It will be Kruger's first game since Dec. 17. He has an assist in 33 games in 2015-16. Look for him to play alongside Andrew Shaw and Andrew Desjardins on the fourth unit.
Mar 25 - 4:10 PM

Marcus Kruger (wrist) may be back in the lineup on Saturday.

Coach Joel Quenneville said it is possible that Kruger will play for the first time since Dec. 17 when the Blackhawks visit Calgary this weekend.
Mar 22 - 1:17 PM

Marcus Kruger (wrist) is expected to return to action during Chicago's four game road trip.

The Blackhawks will out of town from Tuesday March 22nd, to Tuesday March 29th, and while it's not yet known which game is slated for his return - he will play per Coach Joel Quenneville. Through 33 games this season Kruger's posted one point with 20 PIMs, 23 hits, and 26 blocks as Chicago's primary defensive center.
Mar 20 - 2:04 PM

Marcus Kruger (wrist) took part in Sunday's practice.

It was his first session since he suffered a dislocated left wrist back on Dec. 17 against Edmonton. He still hasn't been cleared for contact, but he took some shots during the session and appears to be on track to return later this month. Coach Joel Quenneville said Kruger likely will not be ready play until Chicago's four-game road trip on March 26.
Mar 14 - 10:54 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Jonathan Toews
2Artem Anisimov
3Marcus Kruger
4Vince Hinostroza
LW1Artemi Panarin
2Tyler Motte
3Andrew Desjardins
4Dennis Rasmussen
RW1Patrick Kane
2Marian Hossa
3Richard Panik
4Ryan Hartman
5Jordin Tootoo
D1Duncan Keith
2Brent Seabrook
3Brian Campbell
4Niklas Hjalmarsson
5Trevor van Riemsdyk
6Michal Kempny
7Michal Rozsival
8Gustav Forsling
G1Corey Crawford
2Scott Darling
3Lars Johansson