Ray Emery and Dave Bolland are out, as the Chicago Blackhawks wrap up their regular-season home schedule against the Calgary Flames.
Emery started Wednesday night in Edmonton but left with about six minutes remaining in the first period with a lower-body injury. Coach Joel Quenneville, who said Emery is day to day, added that neither Emery nor Bolland will make the trip to St. Louis.
The Blackhawks will play most of their top guys tonight, the final regular-season outing at the United Center. But that’s likely to change tomorrow in their regular-season finale against St. Louis. Defenseman Ryan Stanton, who was recalled from Rockford and skated with the team this morning, will likely play tomorrow. The Blackhawks called up eight more on Friday afternoon: forwards Jimmy Hayes, Jeremy Morin, Brandon Pirri and Ben Smith, defensemen Adam Clendening, Shawn Lalonde and Steve Montador and goaltender Henrik Karlsson. Look for some of those call-ups to be in vs. St. Louis.
Corey Crawford will start tonight. And Carter Hutton, who’s the backup tonight in Emery’s absence, will probably start tomorrow vs. the Blues.
Michal Handzus played some second-line center with Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane against Edmonton on Wednesday night. He’s likely there tonight, and a possible option moving forward.
“He played pretty good with those guys, and gives us another option as we go along,” Quenneville said.
Otherwise, there’s not a lot of storylines around this game tonight. The Blackhawks claimed the Presidents’ Trophy on Wednesday. Calgary has been out of the playoffs for some time now.