Blackhawks rookie defenseman Adam Boqvist will be back in the lineup for Sunday night's game at home against the St. Louis Blues.
The 19-year-old blueliner missed Friday's 2-1 loss in Detroit with a wrist injury. Boqvist took part in pregame warmups on Friday, but left them early before being ruled out.
"I feel fine," he said following Sunday's morning skate. "I feel ready to go. It's a little bit sore, but I think I'm good to go."
The defenseman said a slash injured his wrist in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers in which he had two assists. He was riding a three-game point streak with five assists prior to suffering the injury.
"I got an X-ray against Edmonton but it didn't show anything," Boqvist said. "It was so like new I couldn't play a game, I couldn't shoot. Of course I wanted to play and wanted to help the team to win, but I think we got to come back to our game here tonight and we'll be good."
The loss against the Red Wings was a tough one as the Hawks were riding a four-game winning streak and just four points out of a playoff spot heading in to play the league's worst team. It wasn't easy for Boqvist to watch.
"Of course, you never want to lose, even if you're playing or not," he said. "You always want to help the team win in some way. But of course it's never fun to watch when your guys battle back-to-back [games] and then lose. It was tough."
Chicago head coach Jeremy Colliton feels a win at the United Center against the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues can get them right back on track towards a playoff push.
"The focus is on getting two points and bringing some energy," Colliton said. "We know it'll be a big test, but I think we've been pretty good at home here lately, so we got to keep that going."
Tonight will mark the end of the regular season series between the Blackhawks and Blues. St. Louis, which sits in first place in the Western Conference, has won the first three meetings and has never swept Chicago during the year before.
Hawks goalie Corey Crawford will be making his ninth consecutive start.
Sunday also marks the first time an all-female broadcast team and production crew will work an NHL telecast.
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