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Artem Anisimov returns for Blackhawks vs. Jets, Marian Hossa goes to IR

Artem Anisimov returns for Blackhawks vs. Jets, Marian Hossa goes to IR

Artem Anisimov will return but Marian Hossa will not when the Blackhawks take on the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

Anisimov was back in his regular second-line center spot with Artemi Panarin and Patrick Kane on Tuesday morning, having recovered from his upper-body injury.

“I feel good. The break helped a lot because like it was three days off. No skating, no practice and just get rest and refreshing everything. I’m ready to roll,” said Anisimov, who went down when he had been playing very well. “It’s actually tough. Some injuries are tough. It’s always tough when you’re in the locker room watching the game on TV and you’re not able to help the team.”

Hossa, meanwhile, will be out longer than anticipated with his upper-body injury. Coach Joel Quenneville said Hossa, who takes Anisimov’s place on the injured reserve list, might be back for the Winter Classic but is likely out the rest of the upcoming trip.

“That’s how much time we’ll need for it,” Quenneville said. “He checked things out yesterday and came in today, knowing there’s no progress. That’s where it’s at.”

Corey Crawford will get the start Tuesday.

It appeared that Jordin Tootoo, Michal Kempny and Michal Rozsival will be the healthy scratches tonight.

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The Blackhawks take on the Jets on Tuesday night at the United Center, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage starts at 7 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live, followed by the action from the West Side. You can also stream the game live on CSNChicago.com and via the NBC Sports app.

Blackhawks' projected lineup

Forward lines

Ryan Hartman, Jonathan Toews, Vinnie Hinostroza
​Artemi Panarin, Artem Anisimov, Patrick Kane
Dennis Rasmussen, Marcus Kruger, Richard Panik
Andrew Desjardins, Tanner Kero, Tyler Motte

Defensive pairs

Duncan Keith and Trevor van Riemsdyk
Brian Campbell and Brent Seabrook
Gustav Forsling and Niklas Hjalmarsson

Goaltender

Corey Crawford

Injuries

Marian Hossa (upper body)

Jets' projected lineup

Forward lines

Nikolaj Ehlers, Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine
Mathieu Perreault, Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler
Shawn Matthias, Adam Lowry, Joel Armia
Marko Dano, Nicolas Petan, Drew Stafford

Defensive pairs

Josh Morrissey and Dustin Byfuglien
Tobias Enstrom and Jacob Trouba
Ben Chiarot and Paul Postma

Goaltender

Connor Hellebuyck

Injuries

Tyler Myers (lower body), Alex Burmistrov (upper body)

Blackhawks' Alex Nylander and brother William providing meals for essential workers

Blackhawks' Alex Nylander and brother William providing meals for essential workers

During this time of a global pandemic where healthcare workers risk their well-being to keep us safe, and essential works do the same to keep business operating, many teams and athletes have stepped up to do their part and assist their local heroes. Count the Nylander brothers, Alex of the Blackhawks and William of the Maple Leafs, as the latest to chip in for the cause.

Alex and William have partnered up with local restaurants of Stockholm and Toronto to help feed frontline workers and those in need.



“We have partnered with some of our favorite restaurants so that healthy meals can be prepared and delivered to frontline heroes and others in need,” said William. “In Chicago, we are supporting local food banks," added Alex.

As Alex and William both prepare for the NHL’s postseason, the brothers hope to continue to provide and deliver meals to frontline workers and those in need while bringing awareness to COVID-19 in the process.

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Blackhawks defenseman Calvin de Haan skating in Ottawa a positive sign for Hawks

Blackhawks defenseman Calvin de Haan skating in Ottawa a positive sign for Hawks

The NHL has yet to formally enter Phase 2 of their Return To Play protocol, where players can take part in voluntary practices and workouts in small groups at team facilities, but with gradual reopenings across North America, players are slowly ramping up on-ice activities if rinks are allowing them to. 

One of the players that could give the Blackhawks a boost in the 24-team format is Calvin de Haan, who has returned to on-ice activity in Ottawa.

 

de Haan is a native of Carp, Ontario, just outside of Ottawa, and took to the ice just a couple days after the NHL announced its Return To Play plan officially. The 29-year old defenseman was placed on long-term injured reserve after sustaining another shoulder injury in December, forcing him to miss the remainder of the regular season. 



de Haan skated along with Islanders forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Ceci and Riley Brace, who plays professionally in Switzerland. Earlier in the day, Flyers star Claude Giroux also took the ice at the Minto Skating Centre in Ottawa. 

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The NHL hopes to officially enter Phase 2 in early June while reports say the NHL will not begin Phase 3 of the Return To Play plan until at least July 10.

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