Marian Hossa will be out and Corey Crawford will start when the Blackhawks face the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.
Coach Joel Quenneville said “it’s possible” that Hossa, who suffered a lower-body injury against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, could play Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Meanwhile, it looks as if Trevor van Riemsdyk will be back in the lineup against the Blue Jackets. Van Riemsdyk, a healthy scratch the previous three games, was paired with Gustav Forsling the past two practices. Brian Campbell could be a healthy scratch, although Quenneville wouldn’t say for sure.
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The Blackhawks have eight defensemen this season, and Quenneville said, “we don’t want to see the same guys sitting out for extended periods of time.” Van Riemsdyk, who played in all 82 games last season, was scratched the previous three games.
“We have a lot of great players here, so you can’t get too frustrated about it or anything like that. Sulking around or feeling sorry for yourself won’t get anything done, so you just have to come to the rink every day and make the most of it, even when you’re watching games,” van Riemsdyk said. “Even though you may not want to be, you can learn a lot just watching.”
Campbell’s natural side is his left but he’s been playing on the right while paired with Forsling. He said there are some adjustments that come with that.
“I know it should be natural and it comes and I’m obviously getting used to that so it’s just different things. You’re not as open to the ice, but you have to find a way,” Campbell said. “I felt good last game. Felt like even last game might’ve been one of my better games, but I just have to keep working hard. That’s all I’ve ever done in my career.”
CSN's Pat Boyle and Tracey Myers talk about the Blackhawks upcoming game against the Blue Jackets and much more in the latest Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Honda dealers.
After losing their first two games of the season, the Blackhawks bounce back by winning their next two games.
On Friday, they'll hit the road when they take on Brandon Saad and the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets have lost both games played this season.
The following night, the Blackhawks will head back to Chicago to host 19-year-old Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The rookie scored four goals in his first NHL game, the first player to ever do that.
See what else Boyle and Myers had to say in the video above.