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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

Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Corey Crawford’s season debut after missing nearly 10 months with a concussion.

Mayers talks about the Kitty system that Niklas Hjalmarsson and Vinnie Hinostroza probably dealt with in their returns to Chicago.

The guys also discuss what’s next for Crawford, the upcoming matchup against Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Blackhawks’ biggest areas for improvement.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below, and be sure to subscribe, rate us and write a review!

Four takeaways: Blackhawks suffer first regulation loss, but Corey Crawford looks sharp in season debut

Four takeaways: Blackhawks suffer first regulation loss, but Corey Crawford looks sharp in season debut

Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes at the United Center on Thursday:

1. Return of the Crow

The Blackhawks got their man back between the pipes after a 10-month layoff due to a concussion. And he looked like same old "Crow."

Crawford stopped 27 of 30 shots for a save percentage of .900. He faced 12 shots and eight scoring chances in the first period, but nothing too out of the ordinary. The biggest save he made was on a Michael Grabner breakaway in the third period, bailing out a turnover in the neutral zone.

"I think I felt better in the second and third," Crawford said. "But they really didn’t get that many opportunities early. It was nice. I think they flipped one in for the first one, so that was kind of good just to get in it and feel one early. We were close in that one all game and we created a lot. I thought [Antti] Raanta played really well.

"It was a tough, tough break at the end. Still felt I should have stopped that one. We were right there, we were creating a lot and gotta try to come up with that one. Just gotta forget about it and worry about the next game."

2. Alex DeBrincat, Jonathan Toews extend point streaks

The hot start continues for the Blackhawks' two leading scorers, both of whom assisted on Erik Gustafsson's goal in the second period to stretch their point streaks to six games. DeBrincat and Toews each have 10 points this season.

3. Overtime streak ends

The Blackhawks made history by forcing five straight overtime games to start the season, something no team has ever done in the four major sports (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB). But they didn't have the comeback magic in them this time.

Entering Thursday, the Blackhawks were 1-0-1 when trailing after two periods. They were 5-28-2 last season for a win percentage of .143.

4. Familiar faces, new places

Five former Blackhawks took the ice for the Coyotes: Vinnie Hinostroza, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Jordan Oesterle, Richard Panik and Antti Raanta.

It was Hjalmarsson's first trip back to Chicago since being traded in the 2017 offseason. He received a nice video tribute during the second TV timeout of the first period, which made him very emotional.

"I almost got emotional too seeing his reaction," Toews said. "He's one of those guys you'll never forget what he meant to this locker room. He was a quiet guy in the room but we all know how he played and put everyone else before himself. Pretty cool reaction from the fans too. I think we were all sad to see him leave this locker room, he did a lot of special things and was a massive part of our championship wins. Happy for him to get that reception. It's well-deserved and obviously we miss having him around."

As far as the game, Hjalmarsson logged a team-high 22:18 of ice time and blocked three shots. Oesterle registered a secondary assist on Arizona's first goal, which was its first 5-on-5 of the season.

Hinostroza, who was also part of the Marian Hossa trade over the summer, scored twice in his return to his hometown, beating Crawford with a wrist shot to make it 2-1 in the second period and an empty-netter in the third; his second goal turned out to be the game winner, the fourth of his career and first as a member of the Coyotes.

Panik recorded four shot attempts (three on goal). And Raanta improved to 16-0-3 in his career at the United Center, a remarkable record for any goaltender in any situation.