BOSTON – Scott Darling gets the nod in goal and Dale Weise will make his Blackhawks debut when they face the Boston Bruins tonight at TD Garden.
The Blackhawks acquired Weise from the Montreal Canadiens on Friday but, due to visa issues, it took a few days for him to get here. Weise joined the team in Detroit on Wednesday night. Coach Joel Quenneville said Weise could end up playing with Teuvo Teravainen and Tomas Fleischmann, also acquired from Montreal, but it won’t start that way tonight.
For Weise, it doesn’t matter where he ends up in the lineup. He’ll face a familiar team in the Bruins; in 11 career games against Boston, Weise has two goals and three assists.
“I’m happy to just jump into a game right now. I think that’s kind of the best way,” Weise said. “If you have to wait like I did, that wasn’t the best, and it happened. But to jump into a game right away, I’m excited.”
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Quenneville said Richard Panik is likely tonight’s healthy forward scratch. Christian Ehrhoff, who impressed Quenneville in his Blackhawks debut on Wednesday against the Red Wings, will play again tonight.
Meanwhile, Marian Hossa (lower body) should skate again on Saturday. Quenneville reiterated that Hossa will either play Sunday against Detroit or Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues. Marcus Kruger (wrist) continues to improve and Quenneville said there’s a chance Kruger could return before the postseason begins.