Scott Darling starts, Brian Campbell back in vs. Hurricanes

Scott Darling starts, Brian Campbell back in vs. Hurricanes

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.

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Time: 7:30 p.m.


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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

Defensive pairs

Duncan Keith-Trevor van Riemsdyk

Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook

Brian Campbell-Niklas Hjalmarsson


Scott Darling


Marcus Kruger

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

Defensive pairs

Jaccob Slavin-Brett Pesce

Ron Hainsey-Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin-Ryan Murphy


Cam Ward


Bryan Bickell (multiple sclerosis)

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft


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."