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Adam Boqvist back in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blues

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Adam Boqvist back in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blues

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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Adam Boqvist leaves pregame warmups early and misses Friday's game with injury

Adam Boqvist leaves pregame warmups early and misses Friday's game with injury

Blackhawks defenseman Adam Boqvist took part in pregame warmups for Friday's game in Detroit against the Red Wings, but went in early.

A few minutes prior to the contest, the Hawks announced the rookie would not play in the game due to a right wrist injury. Chicago was already down a defenseman after Lucas Carlsson took a puck up high in Thursday's 4-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers and was placed in concussion protocol.

Following the 2-1 loss in Detroit on Friday, Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton addressed the 19-year-old blueliner's injury. 

"He missed time, I don't know if you noticed, last game," Colliton said. "He left during the second period and he came back. But in the end, it was just . . . he couldn't get through it."

Boqvist picked up two assist's in Thursday's game, tying a career-best three-game point streak. He had five assists on the streak. 

Defenseman Dennis Gilbert was recalled on an emergency basis from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League for the game due to Carlsson's injury.

Boqvist has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) and a +/- rating of -3 for the Hawks in 40 games this season. The Blackhawks have won four straight games and are four points out of a playoff spot with 15 games remaining in the regular season.

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Brian Campbell impressed by Adam Boqvist's rookie season

Brian Campbell impressed by Adam Boqvist's rookie season

 

Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup champ Brian Campbell — currently a player development coach with Chicago — took on an active role with rookie defenseman Adam Boqvist's development. On the latest installment of "Chevy Drives", Campbell tells NBC Sports Chicago's Pat Boyle, that he likes what he sees of the 19-year-old defenseman. 

"There's definitely been a lot of strides that he's taken," Campbell said of the Blackhawks' No. 8 overall pick of the 2018 NHL Draft. Boqvist played with the Hawks' American Hockey League affiliate the Rockford IceHogs earlier this season before joining Chicago.

"The American League is a tough league to play in and I thought Adam was doing really well and kind of finding his way. A lot of times people say the American League is harder to play in than the NHL, especially for a skilled guy like Adam. Then he gets up here and you can see how well he's doing with Duncan Keith and some of the plays he's made, some of the goals he's had."

Campbell made several trips to Ontario to visit Boqvist when he was playing for the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League after he was drafted. 

"I've been impressed," Campbell said. "I didn't think he'd be at this point already. Even seeing him, he came back down to Rockford during their break, and [I] was just kind of praising him and telling him I'm proud of him. I feel like he's kind of like a little, younger brother to me. I'm proud to see where he is now and really looking forward to seeing where he's going to go."

Boqvist impressed the rest of the organization to land in Chicgao for the majority of this season and take on big minutes and big responsibilities like quarterbacking the power play on the Hawks' top unit.

"He's a really mature kid for . . . even in London, it was like, 'Okay, how are you getting around here?' There's only so much you can do [in] hockey if you're not with that person day-to-day and allowed to go in and really kind of coach them," Campbell said. "For me, I think it was more or less, 'Okay, when are you getting your workouts in,' because as you know the NHL schedule is very busy, you got to find time to get workouts in to keep your strength in your legs or else the second half of your year, you're going to start to fall through, you won't be as strong.

"So just those little insights and talks and sometimes, you can even see it in Rockford, he'd get frustrated when he wasn't getting the puck in areas, and should he get the puck in those areas? Yeah, but I'm like, 'Don't worry, once you get playing in the NHL you're going to get pucks in those areas and you have to be ready and prepared to be effective that way.'

"There's lots of little things that you can go through, the daily routine and the daily grind. Mentally, we talked a little bit about that, being prepared. He's a kid that wants to learn and he listens and asks questions. He even asked questions about my career and that only makes you a better person when you're trying to learn more and prepare yourself to be the best you can."

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