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Blackhawks updates: Tootoo in, Crawford starting vs. Flyers

Blackhawks updates: Tootoo in, Crawford starting vs. Flyers

Corey Crawford will start and Jordin Tootoo will play when the Blackhawks host the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at the United Center.

Tootoo did not practice on Monday due to illness but he was back this morning. Coach Joel Quenneville had considered dressing seven defensemen if Tootoo couldn’t go. Since he’s returning, the Blackhawks will go with the usual four-line rotation.

The Blackhawks are looking for their second consecutive victory. They’re also looking to once again improve their penalty kill. The Blackhawks have allowed seven power-play goals through their first three games. The Flyers’ power play is 0-for-6 in this early season.

“I think you always have stretches where the pucks are going in,” Quenneville said. “So I think it’s a combination of a few extra penalties we don’t need to take and it goes all the way down to making sure that, when there’s time to pressure, we have to pressure when there’s time to get in the shot lane or block a shot.”

Meanwhile, Ryan Hartman continues to progress over the lower-body injury he suffered last Friday in Nashville. He’s targeting a return on Friday.

“Yeah I think at first everyone thought it would be a few weeks. Obviously got some good news,” Hartman said. “Looking forward to getting back in it.”

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS AT BLACKHAWKS

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV: CSN-Chicago

Radio: WGN 720AM

Projected lineups

Chicago Blackhawks

Tyler Motte-Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik

Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane

Vinnie Hinostroza-Nick Schmaltz-Marian Hossa

Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger-Jordin Tootoo

 

Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson

Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling-Brian Campbell

 

Corey Crawford

INJURY REPORT: Jordin Tootoo (illness), Ryan Hartman (lower body), Andrew Desjardins (lower body, IR).

Philadelphia Flyers

Michael Raffl-Claude Giroux-Wayne Simmonds

Travis Konecny-Sean Couturier-Jake Voracek

Nick Cousins-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare-Dale Weise

Chris VandeVelde-Boyd Gordon-Matt Read

 

Andrew MacDonald-Shayne Gostisbehere

Ivan Provorov-Mark Streit

Nick Schultz-Brandon Manning

 

Michal Neuvirth

 

INJURY REPORT: Michael Del Zotto (left knee, IR), Scott Laughton (lower body, IR).

SUSPENDED: Brayden Schenn, Radko Gudas.

NHLPA authorizes further negotiations with NHL on 24-team return-to-play format

NHLPA authorizes further negotiations with NHL on 24-team return-to-play format

The NHL Players' Association Executive Board announced Friday night that it has agreed to the NHL's proposed 24-team return-to-play format. The voting process involving all 31 player representatives began Thursday night but the results were not made official until Friday.

"The Executive Board of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) has authorized further negotiations with the NHL on a 24-team return to play format to determine the winner of the 2020 Stanley Cup," the NHLPA said in a statement. "Several details remain to be negotiated and an agreement on the format would still be subject to the parties reaching agreement on all issues relevant to resuming play.​"

If and when the final details are agreed upon, the format would feature 12 teams from both the Eastern and Western Conference with the top four teams based on current points percentage each earning a first-round bye. In the East, the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers would secure the 1-4 seeds while the St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars would do the same in the West.

Seeds 5-12 would feature a best-of-5 play-in series to determine the bottom four seeds in the Stanley Cup playoffs while the top four seeds would compete against each other in a round-robin format to determine the official seeding.

The Blackhawks, in this format, are slated to take on the Edmonton Oilers. They went 2-1-0 and had a plus-1 goal differential against the Oilers this season.

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Report: NHL playoff proposal including Blackhawks expected to be approved by NHLPA

Report: NHL playoff proposal including Blackhawks expected to be approved by NHLPA

On Friday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported the NHL's playoff proposal is expected to get approved by the NHLPA. 

"While last night’s NHLPA executive committee conference call got a little heated at times, and various individual players still have a wide variety of views on the NHL’s (Return to Play) format, the exec committee vote by team is expected to result in NHLPA approval of the NHL plan," McKenzie tweeted. 

Related: Blackhawks to play Oilers in 24-team playoff proposal

The 12th place in the Western Conference Blackhawks make the cut in the 24-team playoff proposal that gives the top four teams in each conference a bye with the remaining teams competing in a best-of-5 play-in round. The remainder of this year's potential playoff rounds would be best-of-7. 

Related: Patrick Kane a reason players voted against best-of-3 series

"If that is indeed the case, and I believe team by team balloting has concluded or will conclude shortly, it should pave the way for the NHL and NHLPA to perhaps formally announce the (Return to Play) format in the coming days. We are not, however, expecting that format announcement to come with any timetable or critical date roll-out, not yet anyway," McKenzie added.

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