Artem Anisimov returns vs. Andrew Shaw, Canadiens

Artem Anisimov returns vs. Andrew Shaw, Canadiens

Artem Anisimov is back and Ryan Hartman will start on the top line when the Blackhawks host the Montreal Canadiens tonight at the United Center.

Anisimov missed one game due to the upper-body injury he sustained against St. Louis earlier this week.

The Blackhawks will welcome back former teammates Andrew Shaw and Phillip Danault. Both had good nights in the Canadiens’ victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night; Shaw had a goal and two assists and Danault had a goal and an assist. The Blackhawks are looking forward to the reunion, especially with Shaw.

“It’ll be fun to see him out there,” Jonathan Toews said. “I’ve said this before, knock on wood, some of the former players that come through here seem to have their way with us. So we’ll try to do our best to keep him off his game tonight.”

Coach Joel Quenneville called Shaw, “a special guy, special player.”

“He brings a lot of intangibles you can appreciate and I’m sure he’s done a nice job over there. You miss a guy like that over the time we had here with him,” he said. “It’ll be fun to get to finally coach against him but you like all the intangibles and how he prepares and how he plays the game because he does so many things that are helpful to your team.”

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Hartman will have the same feeling seeing Danault; the two have been good friends since their days with the Rockford IceHogs.

“We still keep in touch; we talk pretty often. It’s going to be weird playing against him but we were both competitors,” Hartman said. “When the puck drops we’ll be going at it like we’re not friends. After, we’ll talk and it’ll be all good.”

Hartman, who finished Friday’s game playing on the top line with Toews and Patrick Kane, will start there tonight. Toews said Hartman brings plenty of energy.

“He works hard. He’s not afraid to use his body. He has a great shot, too, and we want him to use that and put the puck on net, and try to shoot through traffic,” Toews said of Hartman, who has been good since returning off a few healthy scratches.

“I think it’s hard for guys to go out of the lineup but you love to see that response that they come back into the lineup a little pissed off, [with] a little bit of an edge and they’re ready to contribute any way they can,” Toews continued. “When you do that, you get more opportunity, more ice time.”

Corey Crawford will start for the Blackhawks. Al Montoya is expected to start for the Canadiens.

Montreal Canadiens at Blackhawks

When: 6 p.m.


Radio: WGN 720 AM

Chicago Blackhawks lines


Ryan Hartman-Jonathan Toews-Patrick Kane

Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Marian Hossa

Vinnie Hinostroza-Dennis Rasmussen-Nick Schmaltz

Andrew Desjardins-Marcus Kruger-Richard Panik


Duncan Keith-Brian Campbell

Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling-Niklas Hjalmarsson

Goaltender: Corey Crawford

Injuries: Tyler Motte (lower body), Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body).

Montreal Canadiens (via


Paul Byron-Alex Galchenyuk-Alexander Radulov

Sven Andrighetto-Tomas Plekanec-Brendan Gallagher

Max Pacioretty-Phillip Danault-Andrew Shaw

Daniel Carr-Torrey Mitchell-David Desharnais


Alexei Emelin-Shea Weber

Andrei Markov-Jeff Petry

Nathan Beaulieu-Joel Hanley

Goaltender: Al Montoya

Dustin Byfuglien reportedly done for the season

Dustin Byfuglien reportedly done for the season

Following the news that Dustin Byfuglien and the Winnipeg Jets were working towards mutually terminating his contract, expiring after the 2020-21 season with a cap hit of $7.6 million and a modified no trade clause, it was speculated he'd be done for the year.

That speculation was confirmed by St. Louis Blues rinkside reporter for Fox Sports Midwest, Andy Strickland on Monday morning. 

Byfuglien, 34, hasn't played at all this season and underwent ankle surgery in October. 

The Roseau, Minnesota native was selected in the eighth round of the 2003 NHL Draft (245th overall) by the Blackhawks. He had 109 regular season points (55 goals, 54 assists) with Chicago from 2006-2010. 

Byfuglien - 6'5, 260 lbs. - was a member of the Blackhawks' 2010 Stanley Cup championship team. 

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2020 NHL Trade Deadline Show: How to watch online and on the MyTeams app

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2020 NHL Trade Deadline Show: How to watch online and on the MyTeams app

The NHLTrade Deadline is coming up but there have been some steady rumors surrounding Blackhawks players foreshadowing an active trade deadline.

NBC Sports' team of experts from around the country will be breaking down all the player swaps as the deadline comes and goes in a special streamed exclusively in the MyTeams App starting at 1:30 p.m. CT.  If the Blackhawks make a move, our insider Charlie Roumeliotis will be on the show to discuss in detail and provide analysis.

Blackhawks stars Brandon Saad and Erik Gustafsson have been the most notable names in rumors for an exit from Chicago. The team has admitted the rumors have weighed on their minds.

Fans can submit questions on social media using the hashtag #NHLtradeNBC and we will get answers on the show.

Here's how you can watch NBC Sports' NHL Trade Deadline Show online:

DATE: Monday, February 24, 2020
TIME: 1:30 p.m. CT
WHERE: MyTeams App

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