EDMONTON, Alberta – Gustav Forsling will be back in the lineup and Corey Crawford will start when the Blackhawks face the Edmonton Oilers tonight at Rogers Place.
Forsling was a healthy scratch against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night, but that was more due to coach Joel Quenneville wanting to get Michal Rozsival into a game.
“We knew he was going to come right back in and he’s going to be fine,” Quenneville said. “We had six [games] in nine nights, he gets a rest and he’s right back in tonight. He’s had some big assignments. Tonight he may have some to keep an eye on as well.”
The Oilers beat Dallas Stars on Saturday night to snap a five-game losing streak. Connor McDavid was also big in that game, recording his first career hat trick. McDavid had gone the previous 10 games without a goal.
“It’ll be a good test for us knowing he’s a special player,” Quenneville said of McDavid. “The speed is what jumps out at you. When he has the puck he does a lot of things with it you have to be aware of. We’re looking forward to getting the chance to be in this nice building and getting to see, first-hand, knowing he’s coming off a big game.”
The Blackhawks are coming off an exhilarating 4-3 overtime victory over the Vancouver Canucks. They loved the end of that game; the first 40 minutes, not so much.
“We need to work on our starts and try not to dig ourselves holes like that. We’ve done that a few times this year,” Nick Schmaltz said. “Maybe just better starts and play with that desperation that we did in the third [on Saturday] to start the game.”
Rozsival, Dennis Rasmussen and Jordin Tootoo appear to be the Blackhawks’ healthy scratches tonight.
BLACKHAWKS VS. EDMONTON OILERS
Web: Live stream on CSNChicago.com
Radio: WGN 720 AM
Nick Schmaltz-Jonathan Toews-Patrick Kane
Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Marian Hossa
Tyler Motte-Marcus Kruger-Andrew Desjardins
Ryan Hartman-Vinnie Hinostroza-Richard Panik
Duncan Keith-Brian Campbell
Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook
Gustav Forsling-Niklas Hjalmarsson
INJURIES: Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body).
Milan Lucic-Connor McDavid-Jesse Puljujarvi
Patrick Maroon-Ryan-Nugent-Hopkins-Jordan Eberle
Zack Kassian-Leon Draisaitl-Anton Slepyshev
Matt Hendricks-Drake Caggiula-Tyler Pitlick
Andrej Sekera-Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse-Matthew Benning