Brandon Mashinter is out and Corey Crawford will start when the Blackhawks host the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center this afternoon.
Mashinter (illness) did not practice with the Blackhawks on Saturday. If the fourth line during Saturday’s practice was an indication of today’s game, Richard Panik will take Mashinter’s spot at left wing, with Dennis Rasmussen and Dale Weise completing the line.
Michal Roszival will also be back in the lineup today against the Red Wings.
The Blackhawks are coming off a 4-2 loss to the BostonBruins on Thursday night; they beat the Red Wings 5-2 in Detroit the previous night. They enter today’s game atop the Central Division with 85 points – the Dallas Stars also have 85 points but the Blackhawks have the edge in the regulation/overtime victories, 39 to 37). The St. Louis Blues are third with 83 points. The Stars face the Ottawa Senators this afternoon while the Blues face the Minnesota Wild later tonight.
The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.
On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:
We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.
The Blackhawks dealt defenseman Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals for a third-round pick. Kempny had seven points in 31 games this season.
Kempny, 27, recorded 15 points in 81 career games for the Blackhawks. He tallied an assist in Saturday's 7-1 victory over the Capitals.
Kempny signed a one-year extension through the end of this season back in May.