Vinnie Hinostroza cleared but won’t play vs. Calgary

Vinnie Hinostroza cleared but won’t play vs. Calgary

CALGARY, Alberta – Vinnie Hinostroza was back skating but he won’t be in the lineup Friday night when the Blackhawks face the Calgary Flames.

Hinostroza was pulled after a hit near the boards in the first period of the Blackhawks’ 4-0 loss to Winnipeg on Tuesday. He was cleared to play but coach Joel Quenneville said, “we’re going to make sure he gets another day. There are certain protocols you have to go through where you can get back on the ice and get cleared to play. He did all that. With back-to-back games, we’ll look at tomorrow [vs. Vancouver] as an option.”

The young forward said he was on bed rest the last two days but feels much better today.

“I felt good yesterday and today. I was able to do the workout test yesterday and the computer test today, so felt really good to get back on the ice,” Hinostroza said after an extended skate. “I’m a little winded, obviously, after two days [off,] but it’s nice to be back on the ice.”

Richard Panik was on the Blackhawks’ top line.

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The Blackhawks will face a Flames team that will be without Johnny Gaudreau for the next 4-6 weeks. Gaudreau suffered a broken finger after being slashed against the Minnesota Wild. Gaudreau will accompany the Flames on their upcoming six-game road trip. As far as the slash that sidelined him, Gaudreau said it’s not always an easy call.

“I think it’s part of the game. I don’t know if it’s something they need to look at more. If guys are starting to miss 4-6 weeks and getting broken bones, maybe they need to look into it a little more. But it’s part of hockey, people slashing each other,” Gaudreau said. “It’s tough for the refs to call, whether it’s a hard slash or a love tap. I can see why it’s difficult for them and you gotta go from there.”

The Flames have won two in a row, allowing just one goal in those two contests.

Meanwhile, forward Tyler Motte was expected to get into Calgary later on Friday. Quenneville said there was a “small” chance Motte could play vs. Vancouver.

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Blackhawks lines

Richard Panik-Jonathan Toews-Patrick Kane

Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Marian Hossa

Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger-Ryan Hartman

Andrew Desjardins-Nick Schmaltz-Jordin Tootoo

Defensive pairings

Duncan Keith-Brian Campbell

Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling-Niklas Hjalmarsson


Corey Crawford


Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body), Tyler Motte (lower body), Vinnie Hinostroza (concussion)

Flames lines (via Sportsnet)

Sam Bennett-Sean Monahan-Troy Brouwer

Matthew Tkachuk-Mikael Backlund-Michael Frolik

Matt Stajan-Linden Vey-Alex Chiasson

Micheal Ferland- Freddie Hamilton-Garnet Hathaway

Defensive pairings

Mark Giordano-Dougie Hamilton

T.J. Brodie- Dennis Wideman

Jyrki Jokipakka-Deryk Engelland


Brian Elliott


Johnny Gaudreau (broken finger), Kris Versteeg (groin), Lance Bouma (shoulder)

Eddie Olczyk takes "One More Shift" with Blackhawks on Sunday

Eddie Olczyk takes "One More Shift" with Blackhawks on Sunday

Pregame at the United Center was extra special on Sunday night.

Ahead of their game against the Wild, the Blackhawks honored former Blackhawk and current television color analyst Eddie Olczyk with "One More Shift." Olczyk suited up in his Blackhawks uniform, skating around the United Center ice ahead of puck drop.

In addition to honoring Olczyk, the Blackhawks also hosted their "Hockey Fights Cancer" night, wearing special lavender-colored jerseys during warmups. Olczyk recently beat colon cancer, so the night surely was special for him as a whole.

The Blackhawks selected Olczyk, 52, third overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He scored 77 goals across five seasons with the team (1984-87, 1998-00).

In the past, the Blackhawks have also honored Bryan Bickell, Ed Belfour, Steve Larmer, Jeremy Roenick, Ed Belfour and Troy Murray, among others, with "One More Shift."

Four takeaways: Blackhawks can't solve rookie Cal Petersen in shootout loss

Four takeaways: Blackhawks can't solve rookie Cal Petersen in shootout loss

Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 2-1 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center on Friday:

1. Blackhawks can't solve Cal Petersen

With Jonathan Quick (knee), Jack Campbell (knee) and Peter Budaj (sick) out, the Kings trotted out former Notre Dame standout Petersen to make his first career NHL start between the pipes. And he didn't disappoint.

The 24-year-old stopped 34 of 35 shots (.971 save percentage) in 65 minutes of play and denied Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in the shootout to earn his first victory in the big leagues.

"He was good, yeah," coach Jeremy Colliton said. "The third period was more like it. If we’d had 60 minutes [like that] maybe we break him down eventually. He did well, he did a good job. I thought we had a little more traffic, got some more pucks to the net. That was better. But you can’t help but think if we’d have had that push earlier, then we’d get paid off for it."

2. Line changes serve as third-period spark

After failing to generate many scoring chances in the first two periods, Jeremy Colliton spruced up his top-six by putting Brandon Saad with Kane and Toews and Nick Schmaltz with Alex DeBrincat and Artem Anisimov. They saw the benefits almost immediately.

Saad scored 2:39 into the final frame after burying a feed at the doorstep by Toews for his third goal in six games, tying the game at 1-1.

'We showed some resiliency battling in the third," Saad said. "It was definitely a slow start. We've got to play a full 60 minutes to win hockey games, but I think it shows some character how we can battle back in the third. And then overtime we had some chances and some puck possession, and when it comes down to a shootout it can be anyone's game. But the message for us is to play a full 60, because when we play well you can see that we have opportunities and a better chance to win the hockey game."

3. Power play comes up empty

Special teams was the deciding factor in the Blackhawks' last two games. They gave up two power-play goals in 66 seconds against Carolina on Monday and then beat St. Louis 1-0 on Wednesday thanks to a power-play goal of their own.

The Blackhawks had three power-play opportunities against the Kings, and all three of them came in the second period. They recorded a combined six shots on goal during them, but reverted back to some old habits by waiting for the open shot and lacking net-front presence.

"You get three in the second, it would be nice to get one," Kane said. "Even if you're not getting anything on it, it's nice to get momentum off of it. I thought we did a decent job of getting momentum, getting some chances and some looks. Sometimes you've just got to converge on the net and hopefully get those rebounds and try to find a way to get one a little bit dirtier."

The Blackhawks also allowed a breakaway chance towards the end of the third power play, but Corey Crawford saved the day. Tyler Toffoli scored 19 seconds after the Blackhawks' first power play to make it 1-0 Kings.

4. Meet your newest Blackhawk

The Blackhawks had a visitor at morning skate in Carter Holmes, an 11-year-old from Wisconsin, who is battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma. As part of the Make-A-Wish Experience, Holmes became a Blackhawk for a day and practiced with the team, including his favorite player Patrick Kane.

"I might have to change my number," Kane joked about Holmes, who wears No. 88 because of Kane. "I think he was a little bit better than me out there today."

It was the first time Holmes skated since being diagnosed on June 30, four days after his team took first place at a tournament. Holmes feared that he would never be able to play hockey again, but that won't be the close. He's expected to re-join his teammates soon, even if it may take a while to get back into game shape.

"It's pretty special," Kane said of Holmes, who will drop the ceremonial first puck on Sunday for "Hockey Fights Cancer" Night at the United Center. "Sometimes you're just playing hockey and worried about the business aspect of it, but days like today you can take a step back and realize there's more important things out there."