Preview: Oduya, Hjalmarsson back in for Blackhawks vs. Wild

/ by Tracey Myers
Presented By Myers

Johnny Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson are back in the lineup and Corey Crawford starts when the Blackhawks host the Minnesota Wild this morning.

Coach Joel Quenneville gave the two defensemen, both of whom were coming off injuries, a rest night when they played in Detroit. The Blackhawks enter today’s game on a two-game losing streak and three points behind the Wild. As for being ready for the early start, Quenneville said the Blackhawks have no choice.

“It’s our [usual] practice time so be ready to start on time,” Quenneville said. “It’s a huge game, meaningful for us. The last two times we played them it was almost a must-win to keep them in our sights and it’s a comparable approach here today. So that should get everyone excited from the outset. Against them, you have to have a purpose behind every shift. They have balance, depth. We all know the meaning of the game so let’s get ready to play at the drop.”


11:30 p.m.


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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

Johnny Oduya-Niklas Hjalmarsson

Brian Campbell-Trevor van Riemsdyk



Corey Crawford


INJURIES/ILLNESS: Scott Darling (hand).


Minnesota Wild

Forward lines

Zach Parise-Eric Staal-Chris Stewart

Jason Zucker-Mikko Koivu-Mikael Granlund


Nino Niederreiter-Martin Hanzal-Ryan White

Charlie Coyle-Erik Haula-Jason Pominville


Defensive Pairs

Ryan Suter-Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin-Matt Dumba

Marco Scandella-Gustav Olofsson



Devan Dubnyk


INJURIES/ILLNESS: Victor Bartley (torn triceps), Christian Folin (right arm).