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Blackhawks' Corey Crawford will start vs. Avalanche while Artem Anisimov, Marian Hossa remain out

Blackhawks' Corey Crawford will start vs. Avalanche while Artem Anisimov, Marian Hossa remain out

Marian Hossa and Artem Anisimov will both be out but Corey Crawford will start when the Blackhawks host the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night at the United Center.

Anisimov was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Sunday, with an upper-body injury he sustained against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. The move enabled the Blackhawks to recall Tanner Kero, who will be in the lineup on Friday night. Kero has seven goals and 13 assists thus far with the Rockford IceHogs. On Thursday, he was centering the fourth line with Andrew Desjardins and Jordin Tootoo.

Coach Joel Quenneville is hopeful both Anisimov and Hossa, who suffered an upper-body injury against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, can return for the Blackhawks’ post-Christmas game against the Winnipeg Jets.

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Crawford was on the ice a few minutes prior to Thursday’s practice, taking shots from Blackhawks teammates. Quenneville said the practices should help but Crawford could have to shake off some rust on Friday night; it will be Crawford’s first game since Dec. 1 against the New Jersey Devils.

“I think it’s probably challenging for goalies more so than other positions. You can never really recapture the pace of having a full 60 minutes in front of you when you’re standing up there constantly getting pushed on and fighting through screens and finding the shots. Just getting through a game will probably make a world of difference for him,” Quenneville said. “He wasn’t out too long, so I think recapturing it with a couple of practices going to help him. But the game, there’s nothing like it.”

Blackhawks' jersey voted best in NHL by NHLPA poll

Blackhawks' jersey voted best in NHL by NHLPA poll

The 2019-20 NHLPA Players' Poll was released on Tuesday morning and despite no individual nods, which Chicago has been accustomed to in the past, Blackhawks fans will be happy to see the Hawks win one key franchise award: best jersey.

The Blackhawks demolished the competition in this category winning 28.25% of the vote. The Vegas Golden Knights and Toronto Maple Leafs tied for second place at 6.83% for their sweaters.

Nearly 600 NHL players were surveyed prior to the NHL pause for a variety of league-related categories for the poll.

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Hawks Rewind: Blackhawks-Canucks Game 6 of 2010 Western Conference Semifinals

Hawks Rewind: Blackhawks-Canucks Game 6 of 2010 Western Conference Semifinals

Tuesday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago:

A heartbreaker for the Canucks and another decisive, confidence-building victory for the 2010 Blackhawks.

Following Game 5's 4-1 win at the United Center over Chicago, Vancouver had come within one in the series, making it 3-2 Hawks. The Blackhawks had won the previous three games.

After a 0-0 first period in Game 6 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, three consecutive unanswered goals in the second period put Chicago in good shape heading into the third. Troy Brouwer and Kris Versteeg scored within the first three minutes of the second and Dave Bolland added a goal with 45 seconds remaining in the frame.

After Shane O'Brien scored at 3:44 of the third for the Canucks, Patrick Kane lit the lamp at 8:17, followed by Dustin Byfuglien at 8:42 for the 5-1 final score.

Kane's Game 6 goal unleashed his now famous "heartbreaker" celebration where he outlines a heart with both gloves and punched through it. 

The Blackhawks won the series 4-2 and would be on their way to play the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final. 

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