Artem Anisimov out, Scott Darling starts when Blackhawks host Sharks

Artem Anisimov out, Scott Darling starts when Blackhawks host Sharks

Artem Anisimov, who suffered an upper-body injury in the first period of Saturday's 6-4 win over the St. Louis Blues and did not return, will not play tonight when the Blackhawks host the San Jose Sharks.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he remains "day-to-day."

In Anisimov's absence, Vinnie Hinostroza will bump up to the second line with Ryan Hartman and Marian Hossa while Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin will start on the top line with Jonathan Toews after the trio controlled 78.9 percent of the even-strength shot attempts last night.

After being a healthy scratch for the first time in his NHL career, Tyler Motte will draw back into the lineup and is looking to simplify has game.

"It’s good to kind of get a feel for it from upstairs or in the locker room," Motte said. "You get a different viewpoint of the game. You get to see some of the things you don’t normally get to see, but it’s good to get back in the lineup. And now it’s just my job to go out and compete and make the most of the opportunity and work hard to stay in it."

Scott Darling will earn his ninth consecutive start in goal despite it being the second of a back-to-back.

"We talked about it. It was a good discussion," Quenneville said about the possibility of giving Darling a rest in favor of 29-year-old rookie Lars Johansson. "At the end of it, he came back with another win so we didn't want to change the pattern."

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Darling has fared much better this season at home, where he owns a 5-1-1 record with a 1.96 goals against average, .937 save percentage and one shutout.

The Blackhawks and Sharks are both coming in to the United Center on four-game winning streaks, and have won their last three road games. But the Blackhawks return home, where they've had the most success this season, possessing a 12-2-3 record. 

The Sharks, who are atop the Pacific Division with 39 points, are one of the better road teams in the league this season, however, carrying a 9-7-1 record.

They trail the Blackhawks for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference by seven points with two games in hand, and will look to close out their four-game road trip on a high note.

Broadcast information

Time: 6 p.m.


Radio: WGN 720 AM

Chicago Blackhawks lines

Artemi Panarin-Jonathan Toews-Patrick Kane

Ryan Hartman-Vinnie Hinostroza-Marian Hossa

Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger-Richard Panik

Tyler Motte-Andrew Desjardins-Jordin Tootoo

Defensive pairings

Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson

Brian Campbell-Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling-Trevor van Riemsdyk

Starting goaltender

Scott Darling


Artem Anisimov (upper-body)

Corey Crawford (appendix)

San Jose Sharks lines (projected)

Patrick Marleau-Joe Thornton-Joe Pavelski

Kevin Labanc-Logan Couture-Mikkel Boedker

Timo Meier-Chris Tierney-Joonas Donskoi

Melker Karlsson-Tommy Wingels-Joel Ward

Defensive pairings

Paul Martin-Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic-Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon-David Schlemko

Starting goaltender

Martin Jones


Tomas Hertl (right knee sprain)

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft


Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Round 1 of the 2018 NHL Draft.

They discuss the pair of puck-carrying defensemen that the Blackhawks selected on Friday, Adam Boqvist and Nicolas Beaudin. When can we expect to see these first-round picks play in the NHL?

Boyle also goes 1-on-1 with Boqvist and Beaudin. The guys spoke with Stan Bowman and Joel Quenneville on Friday.

The guys also share their biggest takeaways from those interviews, which includes your daily Corey Crawford update and Quenneville appeared excited that the team has plenty of cap space to spend in free agency.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Blackhawks add another defenseman to pipeline, draft Nicolas Beaudin at No. 27

Blackhawks add another defenseman to pipeline, draft Nicolas Beaudin at No. 27

DALLAS — Despite taking Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks took a second defenseman at No. 27 with the selection of Nicolas Beaudin.

Beaudin is a 5-foot-11, 172-pound defenseman who prides himself on playing strong at both ends of the ice and tries modeling his game after Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins.

"I’m a two-way defenseman," Beaudin said. "I can provide offense, too. I’ve got a great IQ. I think in my zone I’m just getting better and better."

Beaudin is also a left-handed shot, which is something the Blackhawks could use more of in the organization along the blue line when it comes to impact-type players.

"Nicolas is a very efficient defender," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "He’s got a really nice skill set. He makes the game look pretty easy. He’s a smooth player, not a lot of panic to his game. He’s a good skater so when he has to turn back and get to the puck he can get there first. Usually he just gets his setup and makes the simple play.

"You watch him play and he makes it look really easy. He’s not a guy that’s getting run over a lot. He’s not a real big player, but he uses his brain really well and he had over a point a game, too. He’s got a good feel for making plays and scoring points."

The 18-year-old registered 69 points (12 goals, 57 assists) in 68 games with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL, and added three goals and eight assists in 10 postseason contests.

Beaudin is the third defenseman the Blackhawks have taken in the first round the last two years, with Henri Jokiharju and Boqvist being the other two.

"It’s a winning culture in Chicago," Beaudin said. "They won a lot. I know they’ve got some young guys coming in. For sure in the next few years I want to earn my place and I want to try to learn a lot from a guy like Duncan Keith."