Rozsival missed the first three games of the regular season, but will make his season debut on Saturday vs. Nashville. He is expected to replace Trevor van Riemsdyk in the lineup. Rozsival had one goal and seven assists (eight points) in 42 games a season ago.
Crawford draws the start for the Blackhawks on Saturday.
Crawford gave up two goals on 18 shots in the 2-1 OT loss to the Flames on Wednesday. It was n unexpected loss after the Hawks badly outplayed the Flames for the majority of the night. With the loss behind him he will set his sights on the Predators on Saturday night. He was 0-3-0 with a 3.73 GAA and .853 SV% vs. Nashville last year.
Crawford stopped 21 of 23 shots in the Blackhawks 6-2 win over the Sabres on Saturday. With three days rest in between games, the Hawks are able to come back with Crawford tonight vs. the Flames. He has started the season with two great performances and expect that to continue tonight vs. a Flames team playing in the second game of a back-to-back.
Crawford "is going to play a lot of games" says head coach Joel Quenneville.
The Blackhawks have just two back-to-backs in their next 18 games, which could set Crawford up to start 16 of the 18 contests. "It’s important we get off to a strong start," said coach Quenneville "When you've got a top guy and you've got time, you might as well play him." Crawford is off to a strong start this season, winning his first two starts with a 1.93 GAA and .930 SV%.
Versteeg (lower-body) is getting close to getting back on the ice.
Less than a week ago the Blackhawks announced that Versteeg would miss three weeks with a lower-body injury, but if he is back on the ice in the next couple of days, that timetable could be cut a little short.
Crawford will start the Blackhawks home opener on Saturday.
Crawford was excellent in the Blackhawks 3-2 shootout win over the Stars on Thursday. He stopped 32 of 34 shots in regulation and OT and all three shootout attempts to preserve the victory. On Saturday he will get the nod against the Sabres--which makes him an absolute must-start.
Rozsival (upper-body) will miss Saturday's game vs. Buffalo.
Rozsival missed Thursday's season opener with an upper-body injury and will miss a second straight game tomorrow. Rookie Trevor van Riemsdyk made his NHL debut with Rozsival out, so expect him to stay in the lineup on Saturday.
Trevor van Riemsdyk will make his NHL debut tonight.
van Riemsdyk, 23, is the brother of Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk. Trevor will make his debut tonight with Niklas Hjalmarsson as his D partner. He spent the last three years at the University of New Hampshire and posted four goals and 19 assists (23 points) in 26 games last season.
Crawford will start the season opener for the Blackhawks.
Crawford comes into 2014-15 having won 32 games with a 2.26 GAA and .917 SV% a season ago. He will get his year started against the Dallas Stars--a team he was 3-1-0 with a 2.22 GAA and .916 SV% against last season. With a great time in front of him, Crawford makes for a safe option on a nightly basis.
Versteeg (lower-body) is not at Blackhawks practice this morning.
Versteeg left practice early yesterday after suffering a lower-body injury. He is coming off of knee surgery, but it was said on Tuesday that the injury was not related to the surgically repaired knee. Monitor his status on Thursday, but it does not look like he will be in the lineup for the season opener. Expect Jeremy Morin to fill his spot with Brad Richards and Bryan Bickell.
Versteeg left practice Tuesday with a lower-body injury, questionable for season opener.
Versteeg suffered a lower-body injury but the Blackhawks say it is not related to his surgically repaired knee. If Versteeg is to play in the season opener, expect to see him on the third line with Brad Richards and Bryan Bickell. He is coming off of a season where he had 12 goals and 24 assists (36 points) in 81 games with the Panthers and Blackhawks.
Shaw will be reunited with Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane in the season opener.
The trio of Shaw, Saad and Kane played together in the Western Conference Final, but were broken up to start training camp when Brad Richards arrived. However, Shaw was back between the two skilled wingers in the final preseason game and will be there for the season opener on Thursday in Dallas.
The Blackhawks acquired Ville Pokka, TJ Brennan and goaltender Anders Nilsson from the Islanders for Nick Leddy and Kent Simpson.
Pokka, 20, was one of the Islanders' top D prospects. He was selected 34th overall in 2012 and is in his third full season with Karpat of the SM-liiga. He had six goals and 21 assists (27 points) in 54 games as a teenager last season.