Player News - Blackhawks

Date: Team: Pos:

Corey Crawford (upper body) won't participate in Chicago's upcoming two-game road trip.

Crawford already missed Tuesday's contest due to the injury. He won't even travel with the team as the Blackhawks play in Nashville on Thursday and St. Louis on Saturday. They'll be back home for a game against Ottawa on Sunday.
Oct 22 - 1:27 PM

Corey Crawford (upper body) didn't attend Wednesday's practice.

Crawford was scratched from Tuesday's game due to the ailment. Chicago is scheduled to play against on Thursday and his status for that contest is unknown at this time.
Oct 22 - 12:37 PM

Patrick Sharp had two helpers in a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday.

He had assists on both of Patrick Kane's power-play goals. Sharp has registered six points in six games this campaign. If there's one complaint about his start to the 2014-15 season it's that Sharp has two goals on a whopping 29 shots. However, fantasy owners probably aren't concerned with that right now.
Oct 22 - 10:02 AM

Bryan Bickell picked up a goal and an assist in Chicago's 4-0 blanking of Philadelphia on Tuesday.

He also was credited with a game-high six hits. Bickell has three points in his last two outings after going pointless in his previous three contests. He has elevate his offensive game in the playoffs the past two years, but in the regular season it's still difficult to trust his contributions. Still, he's worth keeping an eye on in case he gets streaky.
Oct 22 - 9:51 AM

Patrick Kane netted a pair of goals for the Blackhawks Tuesday night as part of a 4-0 shutout win over the Flyers.

With five points in as many games to begin the season, Kane is performing exactly as expected on draft day. The Hawks also received contributions from Brandon Saad and Bryan Bickell in the victory, as each recorded a goal and an assist in the win.
Oct 22 - 12:31 AM

In his first action of the season, Chicago netminder Antti Raanta was perfect as he shut out the Flyers by a score of 4-0.

Starting in place of the injured Corey Crawford, Raanta blocked all 32 shots he faced and earned his first win of the year. Though he was mediocre when called upon last season, the Blackhawks' backup would be a valuable addition in Crawford were to miss any length of time thanks to a terrific supporting cast.
Oct 22 - 12:28 AM

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


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