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Blackhawks updates: Gustafsson out, Anisimov in vs. Canadiens

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Blackhawks updates: Gustafsson out, Anisimov in vs. Canadiens

MONTREAL – Erik Gustafsson is out but Artem Anisimov will be back in when the Blackhawks face the Montreal Canadiens tonight at the BellCentre.

Gustafsson skated this morning but left the session early. Coach Joel Quenneville said the defenseman is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

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“It’s not too bad,” Quenneville said of Gustafsson’s injury. “Just residue from the other night.”

How the defensive pairings shake out in Gustafsson's absence is unclear. Gustafsson had a steady role as the Blackhawks' No. 5 defenseman, with Michal Rozsival and Rob Scuderi rotating in that No. 6 spot.

Meanwhile, Anisimov, who was a late scratch due to illness on Tuesday night, is flying into Montreal and is expected to play tonight. With Anisimov’s return, it’s expected that Teuvo Teravainen go back to right wing on the third line with Andrew Desjardins and Phillip Danault. That trio was finding success before Teravainen filled second-line center duties in Anisimov’s absence on Tuesday. Richard Panik, who made his Blackhawks debut Tuesday, could end up on the fourth line with Dennis Rasmussen and Ryan Garbutt.

Corey Crawford, who has won his last six starts, gets the nod tonight.

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Quenneville tied Al Arbour for the second-most victories by an NHL coach on Tuesday night. He has the chance to have that record for himself with his next victory. Quenneville said he hasn’t thought much about the milestone, which coincided with him signing a three-year extension with the Blackhawks that takes him through 2019-20.

“As a coach you’re just thinking of your team and the next opponent and how to prepare for that,” Quenneville said. “I’m fortunate on how things have gone here. You just concentrate on the next opponent.”

Blackhawks honor Dave Bolland with “One More Shift” Friday

Blackhawks honor Dave Bolland with “One More Shift” Friday

Former Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland will be honored with “One More Shift” on the ice at United Center this Friday prior to Hawks matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bolland will stand with the team during the National Anthem and skate on ice in full gear. Along with time on ice, the United Center will also honor Bolland by showcasing his career highlights throughout the arena.

The Blackhawks will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their 2010 Stanley Cup win at five games this season, coinciding with “One More Shift” nights to honor individual players.  The United Center Atrium doors will open at 4pm, giving fans a chance to look at the interactive photo opportunities and historical items on display. Bolland will participate in a Q&A in the atrium at 6:30 p.m. before he hits the ice.

Dave Bolland was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2004 and spent ten seasons of his NHL career in Chicago. Bolland played with the team during two Stanley Cup championships, scoring the game-winning goal in the final minute of Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals against the Bruins. Bolland played in all 22 playoff games in 2010, garnering 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) which shared fifth among Blackhawks skaters in the postseason. Bolland recorded his best season of his career during the 2008-09 campaign with the Blackhawks, skating in a career-high 81 regular-season games and recording career highs in goals (19), assists (28) and points (47).

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks show urgency vs. the undefeated

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks show urgency vs. the undefeated

The Blackhawks finally got on the board for the season and did so in front of the 500th consecutive capacity crowd at the United Center.

Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis break down the impressive performance by the Blackhawks against the undefeated Edmonton Oilers and discuss how Jeremy Colliton’s message got through to Alex Nylander and the rest of the team.

Plus, after an impressive performance in net, should Corey Crawford get the next game vs. the Blue Jackets? And what does the future have in store for Kirby Dach? Jamal makes a bold prediction.

0:54 – Blackhawks finally show urgency in 2nd period

2:47 – Penalty kill starting to show some life

5:00 – Thoughts on the Shaw/Strome/Kane line

6:43 – Blackhawks eliminating some defensive breakdowns

9:23 – Big rebound performance from Corey Crawford

11:36 – Colliton’s message to Alex Nylander got through

15:21 – Brandon Saad has been a pleasant surprise early on

17:15 – Dominik Kubalik’s impressive performance

18:31 – Will Kirby Dach be with the Blackhawks all season?

22:42 – Does Crawford or Lehner start vs. the Blue Jackets?

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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