NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Artem Anisimov will play but Nick Schmaltz will not when the Blackhawks face the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
Anisimov returns after missing Friday night’s game with a lower-body injury. Schmaltz made the trip to Nashville with the team but is still fighting an illness. Coach Joel Quenneville expects Schmaltz to be ready following the team’s four-day break.
Corey Crawford gets the start tonight. With Scott Darling sidelined for three weeks, it’s likely Crawford plays in every game until Darling’s return, much like Darling did when Crawford was sidelined after an appendectomy. But Quenneville wouldn’t completely rule out some playing time for Jeff Glass, who was called up from Rockford on Friday.
“We’ll see how things are, how [Crawford’s] workload is and how he’s handling it,” Quenneville said. “Sometimes there are reasons you may want to keep playing him, sometimes reasons why you say, ‘Let’s give him a break.’ It’s tough to forecast that. Performance is part of it as well but right now, it’s going to be [Crawford’s] turn and we’ll see for how long.”
Meanwhile, back in Chicago, Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper) and Johnny Oduya skated on Saturday. Quenneville said he didn’t know how the session went but is optimistic both return for the Blackhawks’ game against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.
Time: 7 p.m.
Radio: WGN 720 AM
Chicago Blackhawks (projected)
Ryan Hartman -Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik
Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane
Tomas Jurco-Marcus Kruger-Marian Hossa
Dennis Rasmussen-Tanner Kero-Jordin Tootoo
Duncan Keith-Trevor van Riemsdyk
Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook
Brian Campbell-Michal Rozsival
Injuries/illness: Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body), Nick Schmaltz (illness), Scott Darling (hand).
Nashville Predators (via The Tennessean)
Filip Forsberg-Ryan Johansen-Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala-Mike Fisher-Craig Smith
Colin Wilson-Calle Jarnkrok-James Neal
Cody McLeod-Vernon Fiddler-Austin Wilson
Roman Josi-Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm-P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin-Yannick Weber
Injuries/illness: Mikka Salomaki (hand).