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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.

TV: WGN

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

Injuries

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

Injuries

Tomas Hertl (right knee sprain)

Drake Caggiula looks back on how he could've played with Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome in OHL

Drake Caggiula looks back on how he could've played with Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome in OHL

Drake Caggiula had a successful college hockey career. He compiled 127 points (62 goals, 65 assists) in 162 career games across four seasons at North Dakota, and served as an alternate captain during his senior year.

But before committing to college, Caggiula was being recruited by the Erie Otters of the OHL and there could've been a moment where he played with Connor McDavid and current teammates Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome all at the same time.

“I remember telling Sherry Bassin, the GM of Erie, how I was going to go to college," Caggiula said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago. "He kept reiterating that, 'at 16 years old, we’re not going to be that great. But at 17, we’re going to be a little bit better, but not great. But at 18 and 19, those are going to be your big years and we’re going to have a really good team and we’re going to surround you with good players.’ I mean, that’s two years in the future so it’s hard to really see that.

"Looking back at it now, the players that I could have played with, they had some pretty talented players go through Erie. Even Dylan Larkin was an Erie draft pick and ended up going to Michigan. It could have been a pretty talented team there so it’s kind of funny to see how it all works out. We’re all here today coming from different paths so it’s pretty cool.”

Any chirps from the guys about his decision now?

“Yeah, Connor [McDavid] used to make fun of me all the time, you know? ‘Oh, we would have won the Memorial Cup if you would have joined the team!’ and all that sort of stuff," Caggiula joked. "We talk about it a little bit just here and there saying, ‘what a team we could have had and imagine who we would have been playing with and now we’re all here together. What if we all would have started in Erie together and now we’re here together?’ It just would have been a pretty cool story. It’s obviously something that we can’t control but it’s definitely something that you can look back at and laugh at.”

Check out the interview in the video above.

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Calvin de Haan on what it will be like to play for former teammate Jeremy Colliton

Calvin de Haan on what it will be like to play for former teammate Jeremy Colliton

When Jeremy Colliton was hired as the Blackhawks head coach in November of 2018, he immediately became the youngest NHL bench boss at age 33. In fact, he was even younger than some of the guys he was coaching (Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, to name a few).

It was a weird dynamic at first, but quickly normalized once the locker room realized how bright of a hockey mind Colliton had/has.

Calvin de Haan offers a unique perspective. After being acquired by the Blackhawks in the summer, an interesting storyline was brought to light. He and Colliton actually played together during the 2011-12 season with the New York Islanders organization, where Colliton served as the captain of the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

While he may not have expected it to come this quickly, de Haan isn't surprised to see Colliton behind an NHL bench at such a young age.

"Looking back on it now, you realize that he has the qualities to be a successful coach," de Haan said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago. "Smart guy, very methodical I don't envision him being a yeller or a screamer but he was a guy who always kind of spoke and everyone kind of listened. I'm assuming it's going to translate to his coaching style and just judging by his personality you can see why he's climbed the ranks pretty quick. I'm really excited to play for him."

Check out the interview in the video above.

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