Trevor Daley will play and Corey Crawford will start when the Blackhawks host the Winnipeg Jets at the United Center tonight.
Daley suffered a neck injury when he collided awkwardly with Chris Thorburn during Sunday’s game against the Jets. Daley accompanied the team to Nashville and skated on Thursday morning. Coach Joel Quenneville said Daley could have played vs. the Predators but given they had this back-to-back, the Blackhawks decided to give the defenseman one more day.
“He was just a little banged up there,” Quenneville said. “He was sore, but back skating within a day or so. He skated the last two or three days; he probably could’ve played yesterday.”
Jonathan Toews talked Thursday about Daley being fortunate his injury wasn’t worse.
“Whether it’s your head or any type of upper-body injury or a situation like that, it was ugly right when it happened. I don’t think too many of us saw the initial hit when it happened but when you see a guy on the ice like that, especially a guy with his ability and what he’s bringing to our team on and off the ice, it’s not fun to see,” Toews said. “So for him to bounce back as quick as he has, it’s not something that’s going to last and persist.”
Crawford is coming off a 36-stop performance against the Predators here on Tuesday.
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Meanwhile, the Blackhawks reassigned Marko Dano to the Rockford IceHogs this morning. Dano was a healthy scratch in the Blackhawks’ last three games. He had just one goal and one assist in 13 games up here.
“Consistency, puck management, pursuit of the puck: all part of a young guys’ learning curve at the NHL level,” Quenneville said of what Dano needs to keep improving. “We want him playing. He wasn’t playing enough minutes, playing enough games, and we feel that has to be part of his improvement: more consistency.”