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.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
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Nick Schmaltz-Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik
Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane
Ryan Hartman-Tanner Kero-Marian Hossa
Tomas Jurco-Marcus Kruger-Jordin Tootoo
Duncan Keith-Brent Seabrook
Brian Campbell-Trevor van Riemsdyk
Michal Kempny-Michal Rozsival
Injuries/illness: Scott Darling (hand)
Detroit Red Wings (via MLive.com)
Gustav Nyquist-Henrik Zetterberg-Tomas Tatar
Andreas Athanasiou-Dylan Larkin-Riley Sheahan
Justin Abdelkader-Frans Nielsen-Darren Helm
Drew Miller-Luke Glendening-Mitch Callahan
Dan DeKeyser-Mike Green
Niklas Kronwall-Nick Jensen
Xavier Ouellet-Robbie Russo
Injuries/illness: Johan Franzen (concussion), Joe Vitale (concussion), Jonathan Ericsson (wrist), Ryan Sproul (knee).