The Chicago Blackhawks placed captain Jonathan Toews on injured reserve and recalled Brandon Pirri from the Rockford IceHogs on Tuesday morning.
Toews suffered what appeared to be a left-arm injury against the Nashville Predators on Saturday night. Coach Joel Quenneville said the injury is "not serious." Quenneville had said Monday that Toews was "not likely" to play in the All-Star Game in Ottawa this weekend anyway.
The 20-year-old Pirri, who's expected to play tonight against the Predators, has two assists and a plus-3 rating in four games with the Blackhawks this season.
Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd break down the Blackhawks' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Blackhawks Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.
There are less than two weeks left in the NHL regular season and teams are jockeying for playoff seeding.
The Blackhawks have the best record in the Western Conference with 103 points. The Blackhawks' next two opponents, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets, also have 103 points. Washington leads the league with 106 points.
Wednesday the Hawks will travel to Pittsburgh. Two days later they host the Blue Jackets.
After that, the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Boston is in line for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
"There's no easy games from here on out." Konroyd said in the video. "Even teams on the outside, looking in are playing for contracts next year."
Watch the video above to see Boyle and Konroyd discuss the upcoming matchups for the Blackhawks.