Dave Bolland is out again and Corey Crawford will get the start in goal when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Edmonton Oilers tonight at the United Center.
Bolland will miss his third consecutive game after blocking a shot off his right foot against St. Louis on Tuesday night. Coach Joel Quenneville said Bolland will be going on the circus trip, and that he hopes the checking-line center plays in one of the first two games on it.
This will be Crawford's fourth career appearance against the Oilers. He is 1-2-0 with a 1.89 goals-against average against them.
The Blackhawks are sporting a 6-1-2 record at home this season. The Oilers are wrapping up a six-game road trip tonight; they have lost three out of their last four games, including a 3-0 shutout in Detroit on Friday night.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle is joined by Tracey Myers and they discuss the Blackhawks impressive 9-1 month of February. Plus, why the offensive surge for Jonathan Toews?
They also discuss the maturation of Tanner Kero and Nick Schmaltz this season. What should we expect from Tomas Jurco and will Stan Bowman add a veteran blue liner before Wednesday's NHL trade deadline.
Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:
Jonathan Toews was named the NHL's second star for the week ending Feb. 26 after recording four goals and five assists in three games, all of which resulted in Blackhawks wins.
The 28-year-old captain kicked off the week with a hat trick and five-point effort in a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild, then followed that up with two assists in a 6-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.
He wrapped up the week by scoring a goal and adding an assist in a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues to extend his point streak to six games. He has five goals and eight assists during that span.
Toews now ranks third on the team with 46 points and is tied for fifth with 16 goals.
Nashville Predators winger Filip Forsberg (eight goals and two assists in four games) and Calgary Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau (two goals and six assists in four games) were named the first and third stars, respectively.