Player News - Blackhawks

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Scott Darling has been called up by the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago needed to summon a goaltender because Corey Crawford is dealing with an upper-body injury. Darling will serve as Antti Raanta's understudy for now.
Oct 21 - 12:44 PM

Antti Raanta will play between the pipes on Tuesday.

Raanta had a 2.71 GAA and .897 save percentage in 25 contests in 2013-14. He wasn't expected to get his first start of the season until this weekend, but Corey Crawford is unavailable.
Oct 21 - 12:43 PM

Corey Crawford has sustained an upper-body injury.

Crawford will not start against the Philadelphia Flyers as a result. Beyond that, he's considered day-to-day. Crawford has a 1.66 GAA and .926 save percentage in four games this season.
Oct 21 - 12:31 PM

Brandon Saad was bumped to the third line at Monday's practice.

He skated with Bryan Bickell and Brad Richards. "I'm just going to try to play the same way," Saad said. "Richards, I played a little with him at the start of the year, and Bickell I'm familiar with too, so I think as a line we can do some real damage and I'm looking forward to getting it going." Kris Versteeg, who is expected to return from injury Tuesday night, took Saad's spot on the second unit.
Oct 21 - 10:39 AM

Antti Raanta is likely to play this weekend, according to coach Joel Quenneville.

The Blackhawks play back-to-back games against St. Louis and Ottawa on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. It's probable that Raanta will be in the crease versus the Senators, but we'll keep you posted.
Source: CSN Chicago
Oct 20 - 6:02 PM

Jeremy Morin appears as though he'll be a healthy scratch Tuesday night.

Kris Versteeg is slated to return, so Morin was the odd man out. Ben Smith, Marcus Kruger and Daniel Carcillo made up the Blackhawks' fourth line. Morin has played in Chicago's first four games this year, but the highest amount of ice time he's seen is the 8:57 he played against Buffalo on Oct. 11.
Source: CSN Chicago
Oct 20 - 5:58 PM

Kris Versteeg is projected to play Tuesday against Philadelphia.

He hasn't played in any games during the 2014-15 campaign because of a lower-body injury. Versteeg skated with Andrew Shaw and Patrick Kane in Monday's line rushes.
Oct 20 - 2:57 PM

Trevor van Riemsdyk is growing more confident as an NHLer and coach Joel Quenneville is trusting the rookie blueliner more as well.

Niklas Hjalmarsson, who van Riemsdyk had been playing with, was reunited with Johnny Oduya during Saturday's game against Nashville, so the 23-year-old defender played with Michal Rozsival. TVR also shifted from left to right defense frequently throughout the contest. The Blackhawks sent Kyle Cumiskey down to the minors and David Rundblad was a healthy scrach, so van Riemsdyk has seemingly earned his place in Chicago's lineup.
Oct 20 - 11:25 AM

Despite their 2-1 overtime win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday, the Chicago Blackhawks continue to struggle on the man-advantage.

Chicago was 0-for-5 in the game and they are now 3-for-21 on the season. The slow start on the power play is surprising because of all the superstars on the Hawks roster. The Blackhawks are still an elite team and the league, and they will likely get this problem figured out before long.
Oct 19 - 9:54 AM

Jonathan Toews was Mr. Clutch on Saturday night as his shorthanded goal won the game in overtime for the Blackhawks 2-1 against the Predators.

Quite a way to get your first goal of the season. Toews’ two-way game — and the fact he’s trusted to kill penalties — is part of what makes him such a tremendous player. He has four points over his last three games. Another season with close to 30 goals and a point-per-game is realistic to expect. Johnny Oduya had the other goal, with Niklas Hjalmarsson and Bryan Bickell picking up the assists.
Oct 19 - 12:26 AM

Corey Crawford yielded a goal on 20 shots in Chicago’s 2-1 overtime win Saturday night against the Predators.

The lone blemish for Crawford came on a Shea Weber power-play goal at 11:17 of the first period. If Crawford can tighten things up this season — which he’s done thus far — he can be among the best goalies in the NHL. You know the goal support will be there. Crawford is 3-0-1 with a 1.66 goals-against average and .926 save percentage this season.
Oct 19 - 12:25 AM

With Michal Rozsival returning to the lineup, it looks like the Chicago Blackhawks will scratch David Rundblad instead of Trevor van Riemsdyk.

"TVR" has been averaging about three more minutes of ice time per game than Rundblad, so it's not a huge shock. Rozsival makes a difference in reality, but doesn't really get the prominent opportunities (PP or otherwise) to be a huge factor in fantasy.
Oct 18 - 12:27 PM

The Blackhawks' third line has not scored a goal this season.

Both Brad Richards and Bryan Bickell have yet to record a point in three games. Kris Versteeg, who is expected to complete the line, is still recovering from injury and Ben Smith who is taking Versteeg's place is also without a point. Bickell and Richards are being counted on to provide some offense despite the fact the Hawks' top two lines are loaded with talent. At least Bickell recognizes he has not played well. "Personally, I need to be a lot better," Bickell said. "I haven't been where I need to be. If I bring that [being physical], hopefully it will spark us and get us going." It will be interesting to see if Bickell and Richards can get it going against the Preds Saturday night.
Oct 18 - 12:04 PM

Look for Corey Crawford to be between the pipes Saturday night against the Predators.

Not a real shock here. Crawford suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of the lowly Flames Wednesday night and will be looking to redeem himself against Nashville.
Oct 18 - 11:51 AM

Kris Versteeg (lower body) is reportedly ahead of schedule.

He was originally slated to return in late October, but now it appears as though he'll be ready to come back sooner. Versteeg won't play Saturday, though.
Oct 17 - 4:36 PM

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