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Blackhawks' Artem Anisimov out vs. Capitals

Blackhawks' Artem Anisimov out vs. Capitals

Artem Anisimov will be out and Vinnie Hinostroza is in when the Blackhawks host the Washington Capitals Friday night at the United Center.

Anisimov left in the second period with an upper-body injury on Wednesday, when the Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in overtime. Coach Joel Quenneville said there’s a good chance Anisimov plays on Sunday vs. the Canadiens.

Hinostroza returns after being a healthy scratch the previous four games. He was centering the third line, with Ryan Hartman and Jordin Tootoo.

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“Being a center, you give it to your wing and you’ve got to get up the middle and create space for them,” Hinostroza said. “So speed’s definitely a big thing at center and I’m going to look to create some speed tonight.”

Corey Crawford gets the start.

The Blackhawks are riding a seven-game winning streak. The Capitals had a five-game winning streak prior to their 3-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

“Obviously we’re playing probably the hottest team in the league right now. They’re phenomenal in this building. They’re very good at home and they feed off the crowd,” Washington head coach Barry Trotz said. “We had some rough nights in here in the past where you felt they were all over you. The way they’re playing, it’ll be a real good test for us.”

Broadcast information

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV: CSN

Blackhawks lines

Nick Schmaltz-Jonathan Toews-Patrick Kane

Artemi Panarin-Marcus Kruger-Marian Hossa

Ryan Hartman-Vinnie Hinostroza –Jordin Tootoo

Andrew Desjardins-Dennis Rasmussen-Richard Panik

Defensive pairings

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), Anisimov (upper body)

Capitals lines (via Washington Post)

Alex Ovechkin-Nicklas Backstrom-T.J. Oshie

Marcus Johansson-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Tom Wilson

Andre Burakovsky-Lars Eller-Justin Williams

Zachary Sanford-Jay Beagle-Daniel Winnik/Brent Connolly

Defensive pairings

Karl Alzner-Matt Niskanen

Dmitri Orlov-John Carlson

Brooks Orpik-Taylor Chorney

Goaltender

Braden Holtby

Erik Gustafsson on his first NHL fight and Blackhawks reaction to it

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Erik Gustafsson on his first NHL fight and Blackhawks reaction to it

Towards the latter stages of the second period in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Sabres, Alex Nylander received a pass at the Buffalo blue line and fed it to Jonathan Toews, who nearly connected with Brandon Saad that would've put the Blackhawks up 3-0. Then the whistle blew.

Penalty? Injured player?

Nope. 

A scrap ensued in the neutral zone and Chicago's eyes lit up once it became clear which player got involved: Erik Gustafsson, who had zero career NHL fights before dropping the gloves with Sabres forward Jimmy Vesey. So what the heck happened?

"I don't know, I felt like he was coming late," Gustafsson said. "Got his hands up in my face when he hit me and kind of crosschecked him after and he slashed me. I didn't say anything, I was just looking at him, he looked at me and we dropped 'em."

It's easy to figure out what Vesey was trying to accomplish. The Blackhawks had just scored to make it 2-0 and he's looking to change the momentum of the game.

The surprising part was the fact Gustafsson engaged, which he normally doesn't do unless it's warranted. It threw his teammates and everyone on the bench off guard because he's not known to be a physical player.

As soon as the fight began, the TV cameras panned to Saad on the ice and the confused look on his face told the story.

"I haven't talked to him about it yet," a laughing Gustafsson said. "I have to go ask him why he looked so surprised. It was kind of funny, I got to show him that too."

Said head coach Jeremy Colliton: "I didn't see what happened before. I just saw he was fighting and I just, you know ... wondered what could have happened. But, hey, you've got to stick up for yourself."

The only other fights Gustafsson has had in his professional career came with the Rockford IceHogs during the 2016-17 season. He dropped the gloves twice, and both came against Manitoba Moose forward J.C. Lipon, who's profile on hockeyfights.com is significantly longer than Gustafsson's. Each of those scraps started because Gustafsson was unhappy with a hit that was laid on him.

Gustafsson was credited with the takedown in both of those fights against Lipon, but he didn't have as much luck against Vesey.

"Your adrenaline is going up pretty quick," Gustafsson said. "I wanted to keep going there but he dragged me down hard. But it was good to have the first one."

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Brian Campbell is getting the 'One More Shift' treatment from Blackhawks

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Brian Campbell is getting the 'One More Shift' treatment from Blackhawks

Brian Campbell was one of the key acquisitions that helped turn the Blackhawks into a contender after years of missing the playoffs. Now, the Blackhawks are honoring him for his contributions to the team.

Campbell will be honored with “One More Shift” ahead of Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Blackhawks announced. Campbell will be alongside the team during the national anthem in full gear.

The 40-year-old is now a player development coach for the Blackhawks. He joined the team as a free agent ahead of the 2008-09 season. That season he was second on the team with 45 assists and helped the Blackhawks break a five-year playoff drought and make it to the conference finals for the first time in 14 years.

The following season, the Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup since 1961. Campbell spent three years with the Blackhawks during that stint before closing out his career with the team in 2016-17. 

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