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Blackhawks again without Jonathan Toews tonight against Panthers

Blackhawks again without Jonathan Toews tonight against Panthers

Jonathan Toews remains out with an upper-body injury when the Blackhawks host the Florida Panthers Tuesday night at the United Center.

Toews was leaving the United Center in street clothes just as the Blackhawks were starting morning skate. Coach Joel Quenneville said Toews is listed as day-to-day and again questionable for Thursday. He added that Toews’ injury remains the same.

“I think you have an idea that you’d like to get [him] back on the ice and as soon as you see him on the ice you got an idea he’s close to playing,” Quenneille said. “Jonny wants to be out there on the ice in the worst way, so we’ll do everything we can to get him back.”

Corey Crawford will start. Scott Darling, who missed Monday’s practice due to illness, was back at morning skate and will back up Crawford.

The Panthers, meanwhile, are facing interesting times. Coach Gerard Gallant was fired following Sunday night’s loss to the Carolina Hurricanes; general manager Tom Rowe takes over as interim coach. Brian Campbell, who played for Gallant his final two seasons in Florida, said Monday he was “surprised, shocked” that Gallant was fired. Panthers players said they’ll regroup and go from here.

“It’s nothing that we can worry about,” defenseman Aaron Ekblad said. “We feel we have to move forward and that’s what we’re doing today.”

BLACKHAWKS VS. FLORIDA PANTHERS

7:30 p.m.

TV: CSN

Live Stream: CSNChicago.com

Radio: WGN 720 AM

 

Chicago Blackhawks

Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane

Ryan Hartman-Vinnie Hinostroza -Marian Hossa

Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger -Richard Panik

Tyler Motte-Nick Schmaltz-Jordin Tootoo

 

Duncan Keith-Brian Campbell

Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling-Niklas Hjalmarsson

 

Corey Crawford

 

INJURIES: Jonathan Toews (upper body), Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body).

 

Florida Panthers

Jussi Jokinen-Aleksander Barkov-Jaromir Jagr

Jonathan Marchessault-Vincent Trocheck-Reilly Smith

Nick Bjugstad-Denis Malgin-Colton Sceviour

Seth Griffith-Derek MacKenzie-Kyle Rau

 

Keith Yandle-Jason Demers

Jakub Kindl-Aaron Ekblad

Mark Pysyk-Michael Matheson

 

Roberto Luongo

Snake-bitten Blackhawks light the lamp Saturday

Snake-bitten Blackhawks light the lamp Saturday

Three unlikely heroes emerged in Calgary on Saturday night to help the Blackhawks find some footing near the end of their five-game road trip (currently 1-3-0) that wraps up Sunday in Winnipeg.

Blackhawks rookie center Kirby Dach hadn't scored a goal in six games; Alex DeBrincat had one marker in his last nine after finishing last season with 41; Alex Nylander had one goal in his past 17 contests.

The trio bounced back against the Flames to help the Hawks to an 8-4 victory.

Nylander scored twice, and DeBrincat and Dach each had a goal.

"It’s a learning process for us that [haven't] been through this," Nylander said after the game. "And we are lucky that we have these vets that are on our team that can help us and see that something like this in the season happens."

Related: Blackhawks' offense explodes in Calgary

Of all the Hawks who have gone cold this season, the most surprising was DeBrincat, who posted 41 goals last season and 28 as a rookie the year prior.

"I've been fighting with the puck a little bit too much," he said. "Even today, I didn't really play that well, but finally got rewarded."

Six points out of a playoff spot, having the three forwards off the schneid could be a big factor in the Hawks putting a streak together to keep their playoff hopes alive.

"Those guys, they have the ability to chip in for us offensively and if they can do that it's going to make a big difference for us," Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton said of the three. "Ultimately, it comes down to their work ethic away from the puck."

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews felt Dach, DeBrincat and Nylander gave the Hawks a much-needed lift on Saturday.

"For guys like that and the way they think, the way they play the game, their skillset, scoring goals gives you a ton of energy, it gives you a lift," Toews said. "It's nice to see them get a few and see a few pucks go in.

"I think even if you're just on the ice, you have nothing to do with the play, just to be around goals is infectious. So it's nice to see those guys make those plays as a result of their hard work and it's an incentive to keep doing the same thing."

Hopefully the goal infection spreads for the Hawks. Despite being six points out of the playoffs, Chicago has three games in hand on the Arizona Coyotes, who occupy the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.

With 24 games remaining, scoring contributions will have to come from across the board for the Blackhawks to go on a successful run to secure a playoff spot.

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Andrew Ladd joins Blackhawks All-Decade Team

Andrew Ladd joins Blackhawks All-Decade Team

The Blackhawks got a big lift out of skilled and scrappy forward Andrew Ladd during his first three seasons with the Blackhawks. 

Ladd was selected at No. 4 overall in the 2004 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Maple Ridge, British Columbia native won a Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006 before coming to Chicago in a trade for Tuomo Ruutu on Feb. 26, 2008. 

In four seasons with the Blackhawks, Ladd displayed strength on both sides of the puck, recording 111 points and a +/- rating of +29 in 203 games.

In 19 games during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, Ladd had six points (three goals, three assists) and a +/- rating of +4.

Related: Versteeg joins Blackhawks All-Decade Team

After the Hawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, Ladd was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers for Ivan Vishnevskiy and a 2011 second-round draft pick in a salary cap move. 

Ladd was traded back to Chicago with Matt Fraser and Jay Harrison for Marko Dano and two draft picks on Feb. 25, 2016. He had 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in 19 games in his final season with the Hawks. 

Following the 2015-16 season, he became a free agent and signed a seven-year contract with the New York Islanders.

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