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Bowman, Hawks react to Carcillo suspension

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Bowman, Hawks react to Carcillo suspension

Updated: Thursday, Jan. 5, 6:31 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA -- The NHL handed down its suspension for Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo on Wednesday night. Now the Blackhawks will have to deal with his absence for a while with suspension and also with injury.

The Blackhawks made their return to Philadelphia minus Carcillo, who was suspended seven games for his hit on Edmonton defenseman Tom Gilbert on Monday. The suspension starts today for Carcillo, who also suffered an apparent left-knee injury on that hit.

General manager Stan Bowman said the Blackhawks are still looking at options with Carcillos injury.

Obviously hes not going to play for a little bit. With injuries you have to decide, is rehab going to get it to where it needs to go or not? said Bowman, who added surgery could be another option. Were not there yet.

Coach Joel Quenneville said he saw Brendan Shanahans video explanation of the suspension and does not argue it.

Thats the way it is with it, said Quenneville. His track record probably didnt help him at all and the fact a guy got hurt, theres a fine line he has to watch and we have to be aware of as well. He plays hard and well deal with it.

This is the 10th time Carcillo has been fined or suspended in his NHL career. Hes already served two suspensions this season; his last one was a two-game hiatus after his hit on Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen.

Its a fast game on the ice; things happen. Neither of those plays was there intent to injure players, Bowman said. Weve seen some other suspensions where guys are trying to get back at guys, elbows to the head, those kinds of things. If those happened, wed have to focus on that. From that perspective, these things happen and thats why Brendan is a busy guy.

The league has been busy with suspensions this season; Carcillo is the latest. But the Blackhawks will deal with it.

Its tough to see that happening around the league. I know it was a counter hit, but thats the way the league looks at it, Bryan Bickell said. Its tough to see what happened to him and what happened with the suspension. But we have to look past that and move on.

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Ottawa Senators tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Trade chips.

The Blackhawks have reached the point in their season where they have no choice but to become sellers before the Feb. 26 deadline, and we saw that when they traded Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals on Monday for a conditional third-round pick in 2018. Tommy Wingels could also be an attractive piece for a team looking to fill out their depth.

The Senators will definitely be sellers, and wow do they have some names potentially on the market that can fetch large returns: Derrick Brassard and Mike Hoffman are two players who log top-six minutes on a nightly basis and also have term left on their contract, which is great for teams looking to load up for this year and beyond.

The biggest name to watch, probably in the league altogether, is Erik Karlsson, who could be on the move if a team offers a big enough package for the Senators to pull the trigger now as opposed to in the offseason if they feel him re-signing is a long shot. He was the best defenseman last season, and if a team steps up to get him, they're getting two possible postseason runs out of him.

2. Artem Anisimov's experiment at left wing not working.

Joel Quenneville has tried rekindling the magic between Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane as of late, only this time Anisimov is playing the wing and it just hasn't been very effective. The trio was on the ice for each of the two 5-on-5 goals the Kings scored on Monday, and Anisimov completely lost his man on the first one.

It's important to establish a consistent left winger for Schmaltz and Kane, and maybe putting Alex DeBrincat up there is something you consider going forward as part of a long-term solution. Move Anisimov back down as the third-line center to play in more of a defensive role and continue using his big body on power plays for his offensive abilities might be the best bet.

3. Win the special teams battle.

In their last meeting against Ottawa on Jan. 9, the Blackhawks went 4-for-6 on the power play and 4-on-4 on the penalty kill in an 8-2 win. And those are two areas to look out for again.

The Senators own the 28th-ranked power play with a 16.1 percent success rate and 29th-ranked penalty kill with a 74.5 percent success rate. Get ready for another offensive outburst?

Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

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Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.

Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.

Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here: