Niklas Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya to sit out when Blackhawks visit Red Wings

/ by Tracey Myers
Presented By Myers

DETROIT – Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya will be busy enough down this regular-season stretch. So coach Joel Quenneville is giving them a break on Friday night.

Hjalmarsson and Oduya will be out and Michal Kempny and Michal Rozsival will draw back in when the Blackhawks face the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Quenneville said there’s nothing wrong with either Hjalmarsson or Oduya; both returned on Thursday after their respective injuries. But with the very busy schedule out of the break, Quenneville wanted to rest them for this one.

"We have three games in 3 1/2 days, with those guys coming off that one I want to make sure they get a little bit of a break between the games," said Quenneville. "We looked at the back-to-back and three in 3 1/2, it’s not easy to come back from and we have (Nos. 6) and 32 ready to go, so that’s part of it."

The Blackhawks host the Minnesota Wild in a late-morning start on Sunday.

Quenneville said there will be one change among the forward lines, too, but didn’t divulge who.

Corey Crawford starts tonight.

Broadcast information

Time: 6:30 p.m.


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Radio: WGN 720 AM


Chicago Blackhawks

Forward lines

Nick Schmaltz-Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik

Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane

Ryan Hartman-Tanner Kero-Marian Hossa

Tomas Jurco-Marcus Kruger-Jordin Tootoo

Defensive pairs

Duncan Keith-Brent Seabrook

Brian Campbell-Trevor van Riemsdyk

Michal Kempny-Michal Rozsival


Corey Crawford


Injuries/illness: Scott Darling (hand)


Detroit Red Wings (via

Forward lines

Gustav Nyquist-Henrik Zetterberg-Tomas Tatar

Andreas Athanasiou-Dylan Larkin-Riley Sheahan

Justin Abdelkader-Frans Nielsen-Darren Helm

Drew Miller-Luke Glendening-Mitch Callahan

Defensive pairs

Dan DeKeyser-Mike Green

Niklas Kronwall-Nick Jensen

Xavier Ouellet-Robbie Russo


Jimmy Howard

Injuries/illness: Johan Franzen (concussion), Joe Vitale (concussion), Jonathan Ericsson (wrist), Ryan Sproul (knee).