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Injury updates on Kirby Dach, Calvin de Haan and Philipp Kurashev as Blackhawks training camp opens

Injury updates on Kirby Dach, Calvin de Haan and Philipp Kurashev as Blackhawks training camp opens

The Blackhawks released medical updates on three players as training camp opened on Friday at Fifth Third Arena.

Kirby Dach, who suffered a shoulder injury after taking a hard fall into the boards in the final game of the 2019 Traverse City Prospect Tournament on Tuesday, is in the concussion protocol and did not practice with the team. GM Stan Bowman did not put a timeline on his return.

"When you have a concussion, the timing on those we don't really know," Bowman said. "It could be short, it could be a day or two, it could be longer. We don't know on that, so that's why we don't put a timeline on it. It's too bad. Obviously I thought he played well there [in Traverse City] a couple games. But this is part of it and we don't need to make any determinations today. It's the first day of camp, so we'll just let that play out."

Calvin de Haan skated an hour before practice began, but did not participate in team drills as he recovers from shoulder surgery and a groin strain. The team expects him to be out of the lineup for two to three weeks and it's unclear whether he'll be ready for Opening Night on Oct. 4 in Prague.

"I think he'll be close," Bowman said. "At this point, I'm not sure. Once we get him back and skating with the team in a full practice we'll have a better idea. He'll be close. ... He's been skating for a while. The timeline hasn't changed from what we put out, it's just a matter of how he feels."

Philipp Kurashev, who also skated before practice, is listed as day-to-day with a left knee/shoulder contusion. He sustained the injury on Tuesday in the Traverse City finale after being boarded by a Minnesota Wild prospect Damien Giroux, who was ejected on the play.

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Corey Crawford to start in goal for Blackhawks vs. Capitals

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Corey Crawford to start in goal for Blackhawks vs. Capitals

Corey Crawford will start in goal for the Blackhawks when they take on the Washington Capitals at the United Center on Sunday, coach Jeremy Colliton confirmed after morning skate. This will be his fourth start in six games.

Crawford is coming off a game in which he stopped 27 of 28 shots for a save percentage of .964, which earned him the No. 1 star of the game in a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. He stopped 10 of 11 shots and six of seven inner slot shots, saving his team an extra 2.43 goals above average, according to The Point. It was a fantastic performance.

Crawford is 3-5-2 with a 3.61 goals-against average and .881 save percentage in 10 career starts against the Capitals.

The Blackhawks are on the second game of a seven-games-in-12-days stretch, so expect Crawford and Lehner to both get consistent reps over the next two weeks.

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Blackhawks No. 3 overall pick Kirby Dach set to make NHL debut on Sunday vs. Capitals

Blackhawks No. 3 overall pick Kirby Dach set to make NHL debut on Sunday vs. Capitals

It's official: Kirby Dach is slated to make his NHL debut on Sunday when the Blackhawks host the Washington Capitals. He found out the news when he got to the rink in the morning.

"It's pretty exciting," Dach said. "Grew up my whole life wanting to do this, so for me to get this opportunity now, it's awesome. Kind of speechless and at a loss for words. I've just got to go out there and play my game and focus on all the little things that the coaching staff wants me to do."

Coach Jeremy Colliton said who Dach draws in for and where he will slot into the lineup will be determined during warmups, but don't be surprised if he starts on the wing.

"I think he can play either one, which is a big benefit for us," Colliton said. "Probably long term he’s a center, but it’s only a benefit to be versatile."

Dach, who was taken No. 3 overall in the 2019 NHL Draft, missed the start of training camp with a concussion and appeared in three games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League for a conditioning stint before getting recalled on Friday. His mom, dad and sister will be in attendance for his debut.

"It's a pretty surreal feeling," Dach said. "It's kind of a whirlwind. You're just kind of getting thrown in right away and you don't really have time to react. You just got to focus on the game and not really sit back and realize what's going on. You've got to be pretty mentally dialed in and ready to play.

"There's going to be a little bit of nerves with it, but I'm excited to get out there and have fun."

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