Player News - Blackhawks

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Coach Joel Quenneville is "optimistic" that Nick Schmaltz will be able to return from an upper-body injury on Wednesday.

Schmaltz was back between Patrick Kane and Ryan Hartman at Monday's practice, which is encouraging. He posted two goals and one assist in two games prior to getting injured.
Oct 16 - 1:51 PM

Jan Rutta has quickly become a valuable defender for the Blackhawks.

"He's been really good," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I don't know if we were expecting that level of play. It's been fun watching him play. His gap is tremendous, and his thinking process out there complements the gap. Puck movement, reliability, dependability — he's been excellent." The 27-year-old rookie has been logging minutes on the penalty kill and he has seen time on the second power-play unit. Rutta has also contributed two goals, two assists and a plus-6 rating in six contests.
Oct 16 - 10:40 AM

Patrick Sharp scored a goal in Chicago's 2-1 win over Nashville on Saturday.

The Predators were up 1-0 when Sharp tied the contest with 5:36 minutes remaining in the third period. He has two goals and four points in six games this season.
Oct 15 - 4:44 AM

Corey Crawford stopped 37 of the 38 shots he faced as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1 in overtime.

Crawford didn't have to turn aside any shots in the extra frame, but played a stellar game, keeping the Blackhawks in it and allowing Patrick Sharp to tie it with just under six minutes remaining in regulation. Crawford improves to 4-1-0 on the season with a 1.39 goals-against average and a .960 save percentage. He is a must start on most nights in pretty much every fantasy league.
Oct 14 - 11:46 PM

Brandon Saad scores his sixth goal of the season 3:05 into overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1.

It was a little bit of revenge for the Blackhawks, who were swept by the Predators in last year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. Patrick Sharp tied the game up with less than six minutes to play to send it to overtime. Saad continues to make the most of his return to Chicago, with six goals and eight points in six games. He is on the right track for a solid fantasy year.
Oct 14 - 11:42 PM

Corey Crawford will get the start against the Nashville Predators Saturday night.

Crawford lost against Minnesota Thursday, but he'll look to rebound against Nashville Saturday. It was his first loss of the season. Other than that, he's been stellar for Chicago with a 1.50 goals-against-average and a .956 save percentage.
Source: NHL.com
Oct 14 - 8:28 PM

Nick Schmaltz is expected to miss another game due to an upper-body injury.

It first looked like Schmaltz would make his return to the lineup tonight but head coach Joel Quenneville stated he isn't quite ready but admitted he is 'close' to returning. Tanner Kero will center the 2nd line in Schmaltz's place tonight against the Predators.
Oct 14 - 1:12 PM

It appears the Chicago Blackhawks will scratch Connor Murphy again tonight.

Murphy is a former first round pick that has failed to live up to the hype. This will mark the second time the Blackhawks sit him this season. He has zero points with a plus-3 rating this season.
Oct 14 - 12:30 PM

Look for Nick Schmaltz to make his return to the lineup on Saturday.

Schmaltz has missed each of the last three games because of an upper-body injury. Before the injury, he, Patrick Kane and Ryan Hartman were rolling together. Since Schmaltz has been out, Kane and Hartman just haven't looked as dangerous. "He brings a lot of balance," Hartman said. "He has a lot of speed and it makes the defense second-guess and gives the wingers extra time and gives us the net drive. It gives the guy with the puck more time with the puck. He's definitely a key part to our success." Schmaltz has two goals and one assist in two games this season.
Oct 14 - 11:16 AM

Joel Quenneville's failed coach's challenge was costly in Thursday's 5-2 loss to Minnesota.

It was ruled that Brent Seabrook carried the puck into his own defensive zone, so the offside play was nullified. "He didn't carry it and didn't have possession, so I disagree with that ruling," Quenneville said after the contest. "Plus it was offside. I mean, why didn't he blow the whistle? Unless he knew that rule and thought he had possession? Or he thought he carried it or controlled it?" He added that he doesn't regret the challenge even though the Wild scored on the ensuing power play to take a 3-1 lead.
Oct 13 - 9:45 AM

Corey Crawford allowed three goals on 32 shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

Two of five goals were scored into an empty net. This game was tied midway through the third period, but the Wild managed to get the better of their Central Division rivals. Crawford now has a 3-1-0 record with a 1.50 goals-against-average and a .956 save percentage this season. He'll continue to be one of the better fantasy options at his position.
Oct 13 - 12:02 AM

Ryan Hartman scored a goal and an assist in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

Hartman tied the game at one at the 8:21 mark of the third period. He then added an assist on Jonathan Toews' power play goal in the final minute of regulation. This was Hartman's second multi-point game which is a little surprising. The Hawks forward now has two goals and eight points in five games this season. Keep in mind, five of those points were scored in one game. Hartman's offensive production will dip sooner than later, but he'll have good fantasy value in leagues that award points for penalty minutes.
Oct 12 - 11:54 PM

Cody Franson will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Minnesota Wild.

Franson got into the lineup in Tuesday's game at Montreal. He picked up an assist in that contest, but he also took two minor penalties. Jordan Oesterle will also serve as a healthy scratch.
Oct 12 - 8:18 PM

Nick Schmaltz (upper body) is doubtful for Thursday's game.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is hoping to get Schmaltz back on Saturday instead. If Schmaltz can't play on Thursday then this will be his third straight game on the sidelines.
Oct 12 - 1:41 PM

Corey Crawford is projected to start on Thursday.

That's based on the fact that Crawford was the first goalie off the ice following the morning skate. He has a 1.00 GAA and .971 save percentage in three starts this season.
Oct 12 - 1:39 PM


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