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Blackhawks: Gustav Forsling, Corey Crawford in vs. Oilers

Blackhawks: Gustav Forsling, Corey Crawford in vs. Oilers

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

8 p.m.

TV: CSN

Web: Live stream on CSNChicago.com

Radio: WGN 720 AM

Chicago Blackhawks

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

 

Corey Crawford

 

INJURIES: Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body).

 

Edmonton Oilers

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

 

Oscar-Klefbom-Adam Larsson

Andrej Sekera-Kris Russell

Darnell Nurse-Matthew Benning

 

Cam Talbot

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Calvin de Haan on unexpected trade to Blackhawks and what he brings to the table

Calvin de Haan on unexpected trade to Blackhawks and what he brings to the table

Calvin de Haan knew that the Carolina Hurricanes had a logjam on defense going into this summer and that somebody was going to be dealt to create a spot. The move was also driven by financial reasons as the Hurricanes look to re-sign a handful of players, most notably Sebastian Aho.

He just wasn't expecting it to be his name on the move.

"I'm still kind of in shock, to be honest," de Haan said on Tuesday's conference call. "I didn’t think it was going to be me. After Carolina signed me last summer my fiancée and I thought we were going to have some roots there, but I get it, it’s a business. Looking back on it now, it’s only been 16 hours or whatever, but it’s been a whirlwind. I’m really looking forward to it now. Obviously Stan [Bowman] and the Blackhawks made a deal for me and I feel like I’m wanted and I’m really looking forward to this opportunity with this organization."

De Haan, who signed a four-year, $18.2 million contract with Carolina last offseason, admitted that the Blackhawks didn't show any interest in him when he was an unrestricted free agent. But he's excited about being in an organization that values his services, and the feeling is mutual because he's filling an immediate need on the back end for the Blackhawks: a player who can log big minutes, is a sound stay-at-home defenseman and can play an effective role on the penalty kill.

Jeremy Colliton, who was the captain for the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers during de Haan's rookie season in the pros from 2011-12, will certainly appreciate what his former teammate brings to the table.

"I just like to think my position’s good," de Haan said of his game. "I like to think I move well on the ice. I’ve always tried to play a simple game. I saw some tweets yesterday that I might be the next best thing to Nik Hjalmarsson that the Blackhawks have had in a while, so that’s a compliment. That guy’s had a great career and that’s a player I like to play like. Nothing flashy, just kind of get the job done and I hope Blackhawk fans will really appreciate my game. It’s something I’m really looking forward to this season."  

De Haan underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in May — exactly five weeks from Tuesday — and was given a four-to-six month timeline, putting his availability for training camp and the season opener in jeopardy. But he's hoping to be cleared by the time training camp rolls around in September and be ready to go for the season opener on Oct. 4 in Prague.

"Things are progressing well," de Haan said. "I like to think I’m ahead of schedule. I’ve had shoulder surgeries in the past as well where I know how this goes and I’m gonna make sure I’m ready for camp. Then it’s going to be up to the training staff and the doctors whether they want me to play or take a few weeks here and there and just progress slowly. But my main goal is to be ready for camp. I don’t want to sit on the sidelines. I want to be on the ice with the guys and out there grinding away and try to get the team back in the playoffs."

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