Darling allowed three goals on 36 shots in the Blackhawks win over the Predators last Saturday. Another Saturday, another start for Darling, who will face a high scoring Maple Leafs team that has had a difficult time closing games out. Darling is a reasonable spot-start, but there are better options out there.
van Riemsdyk left Friday’s game with an upper-body injury and did not return; doubtful for Saturday.
van Riemsdyk was set to face-off against his brother James tonight vs. the Maple Leafs, but he was spotted wearing a sling this morning after leaving last night’s game. Sporting a sling usually suggests a fairly serious injury and it will almost certainly keep him out of tonight’s contest.
It looked like Campbell would be a healthy scratch during Thursday’s practice, but he will remain in the lineup, but it’s unknown who will come out of the lineup with Trevor van Riemsdyk expected to be in the lineup.
Crawford allowed four goals on 27 shots in the Blackhawks’ win over the Flyers on Tuesday. It was Crawford’s first win of the season—he comes into Friday at 1-2-0 with a 3.41 GAA and .884 SV%. He draws a strong matchup vs. the 0-2-0 Blue Jackets, but he didn’t have a lot of success vs. Columbus last year. Crawford was 1-0-1 with a 2.94 GAA and .875 SV% vs. the Blue Jackets a season ago.
Hossa left Tuesday’s win over the Flyers with an undisclosed injury that will keep him out of the lineup on Friday. The good news for the Blackhawks is that it looks like Ryan Hartman will return to the lineup and take Hossa’s spot. Consider him day-to-day.
Crawford allowed three goals on 27 shots in the Blackhawks’ loss in Nashville last Friday. Crawford lost his first two starts of the season while posting a 3.10 GAA and .898 SV%, but he will go for his first win tonight vs. the visiting Flyers. Crawford was insanely good on home ice last year (20-9-2 / 1.85 GAA / .940 SV%) so you should be able to trust him tonight.
Corey Crawford started the first two games of the season for the Blackhawks, losing both, so they will turn to Darling on the tail-end of a back-to-back with the Predators. Darling was 12-8-4 with a 2.58 GAA and .915 SV% last year, including a 6-2-2 record on home ice.
Crawford allowed three goals on 32 shots in the Blackhawks’ opening night loss to the Blues. There are going to be growing pains for the Blackhawks this season as they transition to a lineup with multiple first-year NHL players. Crawford was busy on Wednesday and there’s a strong chance that will be the case against tonight in Nashville. The Predators are an extremely talented and deep team heading into 2016-17.
Hjalmarsson has served his three game suspension and will be in the lineup on Friday.
Hjalmarsson was handed a three-game suspension for his preseason hit on Blues’ forward Ty Rattie, but only missed one regular season game. He returns to the Blackhawks blueline tonight and will be paired with Duncan Keith.
Motte expected to play with Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov on Friday.
Motte picked up one assist in 12:16 in his NHL debut on Wednesday and will be rewarded by being bumped up to the second line tonight. In the Blackhawks’ morning skate, Motte skated with Kane in Anisimov, a spot usually reserved for Artemi Panarin, who was moved to the top line with Jonathan Toews. Marian Hossa was bumped out of the top-6—this is a look the Hawks gave in the preseason, let’s see how it works out in Nashville tonight.
Crawford will start the Blackhawks season opener vs. St. Louis.
Crawford has won at least 30 games in ever full season since becoming the Blackhawks’ starter in 2010-11, so don’t expect anything change in 2016-17. Crawford carries a career .918 SV%, but has posted a .924 over the last two seasons. Tonight he gets the nod on home ice, where he was 20-9-2 with a 1.85 GAA, .940 SV% and seven shutouts last season.
The Blackhawks have sent Mark McNeill to Rockford (AHL).
Four rookie forwards made the Blackhawks’ opening night roster, but McNeill is not one of them. McNeill will start the year in Rockford, where he has 48 goals and 44 assists (92 points) in 127 games over the last two seasons.