Scott Darling will get the nod and the Blackhawks will look for their second consecutive victory when they host the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
The Blackhawks made some moves prior to the game, assigning defenseman Gustav Forsling and forward Spencer Abbott to the Rockford IceHogs. Abbott’s stay was a quick one; he was recalled on Wednesday and played vs. the Sabres. While he started on the Blackhawks’ top line, he finished on the fourth. With Forsling, it’s a chance for the young defenseman to get more minutes, more regular playing time with the IceHogs.
“That’s got a lot to do with it,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “We want him playing, and playing more minutes and get confidence and then get more minutes in power-play and penalty-killing situations and more consistency to his game. I thought he started off alright but I still think that this is probably a good process for him getting more exposure in the game and it keeps seven guys here. We can bring him up at any time.”
Dennis Rasmussen said the experience should be good for Forsling.
“I talked to him yesterday and he’s still positive about it that he can go there and play a lot and get confidence and hopefully come back and play here,” he said.
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Brian Campbell will draw back into the lineup after being a healthy scratch on Thursday. Vinnie Hinostroza, who ended Thursday’s game on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, will start there against Carolina.
The Blackhawks came back to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in overtime. They maintain a one-point lead in the Western Conference over the Minnesota Wild, who beat the San Jose Sharks late Thursday.
The Hurricanes, who beat the Blackhawks 3-2 a week ago in Raleigh, N.C., are coming off a 4-2 victory in St. Louis. Carolina has struggled on the road this season, going 6-10-6.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Live stream: CSNChicago.com
Blackhawks forward lines
Vinnie Hinostroza-Jonathan Toews-Marian Hossa
Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane
Ryan Hartman-Tanner Kero-Richard Panik
Andrew Desjardins-Dennis Rasmussen-Jordin Tootoo
Duncan Keith-Trevor van Riemsdyk
Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook
Brian Campbell-Niklas Hjalmarsson
Hurricanes forward lines (via Hurricanes website)
Jeff Skinner-Victor Rask-Ty Rattie
Sebastian Aho-Teuvo Teravainen-Lee Stempniak
Brock McGinn-Jordan Staal-Derek Ryan
Joakim Nordstrom-Jay McClement-Viktor Stalberg
Jaccob Slavin-Brett Pesce
Ron Hainsey-Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin-Ryan Murphy
Bryan Bickell (multiple sclerosis)