Weise makes Blackhawks debut vs. Bruins


Weise makes Blackhawks debut vs. Bruins

BOSTON – Scott Darling gets the nod in goal and Dale Weise will make his Blackhawks debut when they face the Boston Bruins tonight at TD Garden.

The Blackhawks acquired Weise from the Montreal Canadiens on Friday but, due to visa issues, it took a few days for him to get here. Weise joined the team in Detroit on Wednesday night. Coach Joel Quenneville said Weise could end up playing with Teuvo Teravainen and Tomas Fleischmann, also acquired from Montreal, but it won’t start that way tonight.

For Weise, it doesn’t matter where he ends up in the lineup. He’ll face a familiar team in the Bruins; in 11 career games against Boston, Weise has two goals and three assists.

“I’m happy to just jump into a game right now. I think that’s kind of the best way,” Weise said. “If you have to wait like I did, that wasn’t the best, and it happened. But to jump into a game right away, I’m excited.”

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Quenneville said Richard Panik is likely tonight’s healthy forward scratch. Christian Ehrhoff, who impressed Quenneville in his Blackhawks debut on Wednesday against the Red Wings, will play again tonight.

Meanwhile, Marian Hossa (lower body) should skate again on Saturday. Quenneville reiterated that Hossa will either play Sunday against Detroit or Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues. Marcus Kruger (wrist) continues to improve and Quenneville said there’s a chance Kruger could return before the postseason begins.

How will the Blackhawks utilize Kirby Dach?

How will the Blackhawks utilize Kirby Dach?

The Blackhawks recalled No. 3 overall pick Kirby Dach from his AHL conditioning stint on Friday night after he appeared in three games with the Rockford IceHogs. He missed the first week of training camp with a concussion and the organization wanted him to get a taste of the pro action and back up to speed after not playing in any preseason games, either.

"I enjoyed the experience there," Dach said. "I had a lot of fun. Got to see a couple buddies. It was good for me to get down there and get some pro games under my belt and just feel what the pace is going to be like. It'll be another step up here, but I feel good and I feel like I'm ready to go."

Whether Dach makes his NHL debut on Sunday against the Washington Capitals won't be revealed by head coach Jeremy Colliton until after morning skate on Sunday. But where does he fit into the lineup going forward?

The Blackhawks are 2-0-1 in their past three games and aren't necessarily looking to shake up their rotation, even though they're still searching for consistency on all four lines.

The easy answer is for Dach to slide into a third-line center role behind Jonathan Toews and Dylan Strome, but the trio of David Kampf, Dominik Kubalik and Brandon Saad has undoubtedly been the most consistent for the Blackhawks this season. And we saw in the home opener what happened when they were separated. 

The Blackhawks held an optional practice on Saturday morning and didn't run through line rushes, but before Dach was assigned to Rockford, he took several spins on the first line with Toews and alternated with Drake Caggiula and Alex DeBrincat. It's possible Dach starts on the wing, where he can play top-six minutes and not have as much responsibility as a center would.

"I've played wing in previous years, so it's not something that's new to me," Dach said. "At the same time I'm open-minded to just getting into the lineup and helping the team win."

The Blackhawks can give Dach up to nine NHL games before deciding whether they want to burn the first year of his entry-level contract or send him back to the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL.

"As a kid you always grow up dreaming of playing in the NHL, so there'll be nerves," Dach said. "But there will also be a lot of excitement. I've just got to do my best to focus on my game and be ready to play whenever my name's called upon by the coaching staff."

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks scratch out a win and Kirby Dach recalled

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks scratch out a win and Kirby Dach recalled

Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis welcome Nick Gismondi into the fold before discussing Friday's win over Columbus. Robin Lehner played stellar and is forming quite a tandem in net with Corey Crawford (4:10), while the DeBrincat/Kane connection is alive and well (6:10), and the Blackhawks' struggles at even strength continued (12:10). Then, the guys react to the breaking news of Kirby Dach's recall from Rockford and discuss where he might fit into this lineup (15:10).

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast


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