The Blackhawks recalled defenseman Gustav Forsling from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League and placed forward Marcus Kruger (left leg) on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 9, the team announced Tuesday.
Forsling, who underwent wrist surgery in the offseason, was sent to Rockford on Oct. 22 perhaps more-so as a conditioning stint and appeared in five games. He missed four contests with a groin injury, but is coming off a two-assist game against the Chicago Wolves over the weekend.
Forsling had three goals and 10 assists in 41 games with the Blackhawks last season before getting assigned to the IceHogs for the remainder of the campaign, where he recorded five points (two goals, three assists) in 18 regular-season games and five points (one goal, four assists) in 13 postseason contests.
The Blackhawks' roster currently sits at 23 players, so it appears they will carry eight defensemen for now despite the team's reluctance to do so again this season after it backfired a year ago. Brandon Davidson (right leg injury) did not practice on Tuesday, which could be the reason for bringing up Forsling.
But his call-up certainly comes at a desperate time for the Blackhawks, who have lost eight in a row (0-6-2) and could use all the help they can get on the back end.
In other positive news, Connor Murphy skated in full gear for the first time in months as he continues to recover from a back injury. He's still a ways away from practicing, but this was the next step in his recovery process.
The Blackhawks losing streak extended to eight games with an overtime loss in Carolina, but there were some signs of improvement with the team. Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd discuss Jeremy Colliton going to the “nuclear option,” pairing Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on the same line. It seemed to work, but how did the other lines fare?
Plus, how close are we to seeing some calls made to Rockford and how important are the next two “winnable” games?
0:45 - Mindset of the team after their 8th straight loss
2:00 - Opposition getting quality chances against hawks goalies
4:00 - Toews and Kane playing on the same line
5:00 - Nick Schmaltz needs to take more shots
5:45 - Colliton's lines during overtime
8:00 - DeBrincat playing on a line with Kampf and Kahun
9:45 - Debrincat with more goals than Kane or Roenick through 100 career games
11:45 - How close are the Blackhawks to making some callups from Rockford to give the team a boost?
14:00 - Hawks get a chance against 2 other struggling teams in Blues and Knights
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