Corey Crawford will start and Michal Rozsival will play in his first game of the season as the Blackhawks face the Calgary Flames at the United Center.
Rozsival looks to be in for fellow Czech Michal Kempny tonight.
“We want to get everyone in at some point. We don’t want to wait too long to get him into the season here,” coach Joel Quenneville said of Rozsival. “He can be useful, he gives us some experience, he can play minutes against top guys, be useful on both units if you need him. He’s been practicing well; looking forward to getting him in.”
The Flames, who have a few familiar faces in the lineup – former Blackhawks Troy Brouwer, Kris Versteeg and Michal Frolik, have struggled to start the season. They’re currently 1-4-1 in their first six games, allowing 4.3 goals per game.
“We have to lean on each other in this room, we have to trust each other in this room, know there’s good players, trust in the system. We know that our system is what’s going to be our rock to fall back on. If we get ourselves in trouble, make a mistake, everyone has to trust that everyone will do their jobs on the ice,” Brouwer said. “With that, too, we have to have confidence in ourselves. It’s been a bit of a rocky start and it’s not where we want to be and we’re playing some tough teams here. But we have to have confidence in ourselves and go out there and limit our mistakes, really.”
Calgary’s power play has been particularly rough (1 for 25). It’ll be facing a Blackhawks’ penalty kill that’s trying to reverse early problems (12 goals allowed on 21 opportunities).
“We’ve done some good things on the kill, we’ve been good at times. It just fell through at others,” Tyler Motte said. “We have to build off what we can, make sure our structure is there and continue to battle and we’ll get it going here.”
- Artem Anisimov was named the NHL’s second star of the week. Anisimov had four goals and three assists in three games last week.
- Vinnie Hinostroza is expected to be a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game.
BLACKHAWKS VS. CALGARY FLAMES
Tyler Motte-Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik
Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane
Ryan Hartman-Nick Schmaltz-Marian Hossa
Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger-Jordin Tootoo
Duncan Keith-Brian Campbell
Michal Rozsival-Brent Seabrook
Gustav Forsling-Niklas Hjalmarsson
INJURIES: Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body), Andrew Desjardins (lower body)
Johnny Gaudreau-Sean Monahan-Alex Chiasson
Kris Versteeg-Sam Bennett-Troy Brouwer
Lance Bouma-Mikael Backlund-Michal Frolik
Micheal Ferland-Matt Stajan-Freddie Hamilton
Mark Giordano-Dennis Wideman
T.J. Brodie- Deryk Engelland
Jyrki Jokipakka-Dougie Hamilton
The Blackhawks (3-3, 6 points) take on the Calgary Flames (1-4-1, 3 points) on Monday, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins with Blackhawks Pregame Live at 7 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final horn to get analysis and player reaction on Blackhawks Postgame Live.
Here are five things to watch for during tonight's game:
1. Anisimov, Panik look to stay hot: Artem Anisimov and Richard Panik are both tied for fourth in the NHL in points with eight apiece. Panik has recorded at least one point in five of six games this season, including a hat trick in last week's win over the Predators and a game-tying goal against the Maple Leafs in the final minute of regulation. Anisimov has shaken off a slow start and recorded seven points in his last three games.
2. The Captain looks to light the lamp: Twelve different Blackhawks have scored a goal through six games. None of those players are named Jonathan Toews. The Captain has recorded two assists and actually leads the Blackhawks in penalty minutes (nine), and all 15 of his shots on goal - second on the team - have been stopped. The good news is Toews has 21 points in 31 career games against the Flames.
3. Johnny Hockey takes his talents to the Windy City: The 23-year-old All-Star might remind you of a certain No. 88 on the Blackhawks, and for good reason. The 5-foot-9, 157-pound Gaudreau was sixth in the NHL in points last season, and he led the Flames in goals, assists and points. He's got just three points in six games this season for the 1-5 Flames, but he's a candidate to make something happen in an instant whenever he's on the ice.
4. Former Blackhawks return to the UC: It'll be a small reunion of sorts for the Blackhawks and Flames on Monday night. Calgary currently has three former Blackhawks on its roster in Kris Versteeg, Troy Brouwer and Michal Frolik. Versteeg and Brouwer were part of the Blackhawks' 2010 Stanley Cup run, Frolik was on the squad in 2013, and Versteeg returned to the Madhouse in Madison in 2015.
5. Brian Elliott struggling with new squad: The last time the Blackhawks saw Brian Elliott he was leading the Blues to a Game 7 victory with 31 saves. He hasn't found that same sort of success early in his first season with the Flames; he's 0-3 and has allowed 14 goals. He's likely to start in goal tonight against the Blackhawks.
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