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Jonathan Toews out for second straight game

Jonathan Toews out for second straight game

LOS ANGELES – Jonathan Toews will miss his second consecutive game and Scott Darling will start when the Blackhawks face the Los Angeles Kings Saturday at Staples Center.

Toews suffered an upper-body injury against San Jose and remains out of the lineup. Coach Joel Quenneville said he’ll see if the captain is ready to return Tuesday when the Blackhawks host the Florida Panthers.

Jordin Tootoo is also out after suffering a lower-body injury against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. Tootoo, who was seen wearing a walking boot when he left the Staples Center on Saturday morning, is listed as day-to-day.

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Andrew Desjardins is expected to draw back into the lineup Saturday, as is Michal Kempny. 

The Blackhawks will look to finish this Circus Trip with a successful record (they’re 3-3-0 entering Saturday's game). They’ll be facing a Kings team that has won four consecutive games.

Broadcast information

Time: 9:30 p.m.

TV: WGN

Radio: WGN 720 AM

Blackhawks lines (projected)

Ryan Hartman-Vinnie Hinostroza-Marian Hossa

Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane

Tyler Motte-Nick Schmaltz-Richard Panik

Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger-Andrew Desjardins

Defensive pairings

Duncan Keith-Brian Campbell

Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling-Niklas Hjalmarsson

Goaltender

Scott Darling

Injuries

Jonathan Toews (upper body), Jordin Tootoo (lower body), Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body).

Kings lines (via LA Times)

Tanner Pearson-Jeff-Carter-Tyler Toffoli

Dwight King-Anze Kopitar-Trevor Lewis

Dustin Brown-Nic Dowd-Devin Setoguchi

Marian Gaborik-Nick Shore-Jordan Nolan

Defensive pairings

Drew Doughty-Derek Forbort

Jake Muzzin-Alec Martinez

Matt Greene-Kevin Gravel

Goaltender

Peter Budaj

Injuries

Brayden McNabb (arm), Jonathan Quick (groin), Jeff Zatkoff (groin).

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Round 1 of the 2018 NHL Draft.

They discuss the pair of puck-carrying defensemen that the Blackhawks selected on Friday, Adam Boqvist and Nicolas Beaudin. When can we expect to see these first-round picks play in the NHL?

Boyle also goes 1-on-1 with Boqvist and Beaudin. The guys spoke with Stan Bowman and Joel Quenneville on Friday.

The guys also share their biggest takeaways from those interviews, which includes your daily Corey Crawford update and Quenneville appeared excited that the team has plenty of cap space to spend in free agency.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

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

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 prides himself on playing strong at both ends of the ice and tries modeling his game after Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins.

"I’m a two-way defenseman," Beaudin said. "I can provide offense, too. I’ve got a great IQ. I think in my zone I’m just getting better and better."

Beaudin is also a left-handed shot, which is something the Blackhawks could use more of in the organization along the blue line when it comes to impact-type players.

"Nicolas is a very efficient defender," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "He’s got a really nice skill set. He makes the game look pretty easy. He’s a smooth player, not a lot of panic to his game. He’s a good skater so when he has to turn back and get to the puck he can get there first. Usually he just gets his setup and makes the simple play.

"You watch him play and he makes it look really easy. He’s not a guy that’s getting run over a lot. He’s not a real big player, but he uses his brain really well and he had over a point a game, too. He’s got a good feel for making plays and scoring points."

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.

"It’s a winning culture in Chicago," Beaudin said. "They won a lot. I know they’ve got some young guys coming in. For sure in the next few years I want to earn my place and I want to try to learn a lot from a guy like Duncan Keith."