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Brian Campbell could be healthy scratch vs. Predators

Brian Campbell could be healthy scratch vs. Predators

NASHVILLE – Brian Campbell could be a healthy scratch, snapping a 423-game regular-season playing streak, when the Blackhawks face the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

Coach Joel Quenneville said on Wednesday that he wanted to get Michal Kempny and Michal Rozsival back in the lineup; both have been healthy scratches for some time now. On Thursday morning he said one of those scratches could be Campbell. The 37-year-old defenseman hasn’t missed a regular-season game since March of 2011, when he was coming off a foot injury.

Campbell got off to a slow start this season, as he moved to the right side when he was paired with Gustav Forsling. He was almost a healthy scratch in October but ultimately kept his regular-season playing streak intact. At that time, Campbell talked about readjusting to the right.

“I know it should be natural and it comes and I’m obviously getting used to that so it’s just different things. You’re not as open to the ice, but you have to find a way,” Campbell said then. “I felt good last game. Felt like even last game might’ve been one of my better games, but I just have to keep working hard. That’s all I’ve ever done in my career.”

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Quenneville said several factors could play into Campbell’s scratch.

“He started all right, then he played very well. The stretch recently wasn’t as good,” Quenneville said. “With eight guys, bounce around, back-to-back games and a big stretch where those guys [Kempny and Rozsival] have been out is all part of it as well.”

As much as it would be disappointing for Campbell to end his streak it may not be a bad idea for the long haul. If the Blackhawks go on any kind of a postseason run, they’re not going to want their veterans worn down.

“With eight defensemen, we always have tough decisions and we have to sit out two at a time. The guys who were out were probably out a little too long,” Quenneville said. “[Campbell] is part of a group that, 82 games, with might not be able to play them all.”

The Predators will be without P.K. Subban, who will miss the team’s final two games of 2016 with an upper-body injury.

Broadcast information

Time: 7 p.m.

TV: CSN

Live Stream: CSNChicago.com

Blackhawks forward lines

Ryan Hartman-Jonathan Toews-Tyler Motte

Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane

Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger-Richard Panik

Vinnie Hinostroza-Tanner Kero-Jordin Tootoo

Defensive pairs

Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson

Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling-Michal Rozsival

Goaltender

Corey Crawford

Injuries

Marian Hossa (upper body)

Predators forward lines (via The Tennessean)

Filip Forsberg-Ryan Johansen-Viktor Arvidson

Colin Wilson-Mike Fisher-Austin Watson

Kevin Fiala-Mike Ribeiro-James Neal

Reid Boucher-Calle Jarnknok-Craig Smith

Defensive pairs

Roman Josi-Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm-Matt Irwin

Yannick Weber-Petter Granberg

Goaltender

Pekka Rinne

Injuries

P.K. Subban (upper body), Anthony Bitetto (broken hand), Miikka Salomaki (upper body)

Blackhawks add another defenseman to pipeline, draft Nicolas Beaudin at No. 27

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Blackhawks add another defenseman to pipeline, draft Nicolas Beaudin at No. 27

DALLAS — Despite taking Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks took a second defenseman at No. 27 with the selection of Nicolas Beaudin.

Beaudin is a 5-foot-11, 172-pound defenseman who's known to be a puck-mover. He's a left-handed shot, which is something the Blackhawks could use more of in the organization along their blue line.

The 18-year-old registered 69 points (12 goals, 57 assists) in 68 games with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL, and added three goals and eight assists in 10 postseason contests.

Beaudin is the third defenseman the Blackhawks have taken in the first round the last two years, with Henri Jokiharju and Boqvist being the other two.

Blackhawks select Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick

Blackhawks select Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick

DALLAS — For the first time since drafting Patrick Kane first overall in 2007, the Blackhawks owned a top-10 pick in the NHL Draft. There was speculation that Stan Bowman might get aggressive and trade the No. 8 selection for immediate help if a deal made sense.

Instead, the draft couldn't have unfolded more favorably for the Blackhawks, who elected to keep the pick and drafted defenseman Adam Boqvist.

“You can never have enough D," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said on the NBCSN broadcast. "He moves the puck, he’s very active in the play, very dynamic in a lot of ways. He can help our power play down the road, I am looking forward to seeing how he does in the summer and going into camp."

"There’s opportunity here on the back end with our team, and it’s going to be competitive along the way, but certainly you got a guy that can move the puck and get involved offensively, those guys are hard to find.”

Boqvist is a 5-foot-11, 168-pound right-handed shot blue-liner who's drawn comparisons to Erik Karlsson, given his offensive ability.

"I know they have lots of Swedish defensemen," Boqvist said of the Blackhawks. "They played pretty well as a team and like to have the puck, you know, [Patrick] Kane. Yeah, I like it."

He compiled 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists) in 25 games for the Brynas J20 squad in the SuperElit league, and added three goals and two assists in three playoff games. But his production dropped off when he moved up to the Swedish Hockey League, where he registered only one assist in 15 games.

As we mentioned in our NHL Draft Profile this week, there are a few concerns about Boqvist.

He's only 17 years old and his defensive work needs improvement, meaning the Blackhawks must be patient with his development. He's also sustained a couple head injuries over the course of his young career, which adds some risk to the equation.

But there's clearly major upside if you're being compared to Karlsson.

"I think I need to improve my defensive play and need to be bigger and stronger," Boqvist said. "Of course, my offense can be better, too, so almost everything."

Boqvist joins Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell as the team's top three defensive prospects, all of whom have right-handed shots.