Deng (ribs), Rose (foot) out vs. Wizards

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Deng (ribs), Rose (foot) out vs. Wizards

Derrick Rose and Luol Deng will miss tonights game against the Washington Wizards.

Rose is dealing with some soreness in his right foot. He participated in shootaround prior to tip-off, but its the same foot where he sprained an ankle in the April 8 loss to the New York Knicks in which he was making his return from a 12-game absence while rehabbing from a strained groin.

Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau wasnt sure how Rose hurt the foot and was awaiting word on what the exact issue is and whether it was related to the still sore ankle. The injury flared up overnight, but is not believed to be serious.

Thats the way the season has been and not just for us, for everybody, said Thibodeau. You just have to deal with it, its part of the game. Even in a normal season, youre dealing with injuries and so you have to respond to those challenges and I think our team has shown we have more than enough to win with.

The reigning MVP missed last Tuesdays game against the Knicks as the team held him out to get additional rest for the sore ankle. He returned to play vs. the Miami Heat on Thursday where he scored just two points and shot 1-13 from the field. He scored 24 points and handed out 9 assists in the Bulls overtime win in Detroit on Sunday.

Deng took a shot in his ribs in Sundays win against Detroit and the move to sit him out might also be to get him some rest.

Its winding down and weve had guys miss a lot of time, but we feel good about the guys we have playing, said Thibodeau. Our bench has done a great job all year. Somebody is hurt or injured than the next guy has to step up.

C.J. Watson is likely to start for Rose and Thibodeau said Ronnie Brewer will start in place of Deng.

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Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Grab the first goal.

The Blackhawks have scored the game's first goal in seven of the last eight games, and of those seven, they've won six of them. Meanwhile, the Lightning have scored the first goal only 17 times in 48 games this season, and are 12-5-1 in those games. They're 9-17-4 when they allow the first goal, so getting out to a lead first will be important against a struggling Lightning team looking for signs of life.

2. Will the floodgates open for Jonathan Toews?

After a four-point game in a 4-2 win over Vancouver, the Blackhawks captain matched his point total over his previous nine games. He's up to 26 points on the season, which is now fifth among Chicago forwards. When Toews has offensive droughts, they usually last longer than they should. But when he gets hot, he gets extremely hot. Perhaps we'll see the floodgates open offensively.

3. A chance for the team lead in scoring.

With an empty-net goal on Sunday, Marian Hossa tied Artem Anisimov for the team-lead with 18 goals. Artemi Panarin is right behind with 17, and Patrick Kane isn't far either at 15. The Blackhawks had four 20-goal scorers last season, and haven't had more than that since the 2013-14 season. They're definitely on pace to hit four, but could they surprass that? Richard Panik, who scored another goal Sunday as well, is fifth with 11 goals while Ryan Hartman has 10. Toews is at eight, but a flurry after a drought could make things interesting.

4. The triplets reunited?

In an effort to jumpstart a struggling offense, Lightning coach Jon Cooper reunited the triplets line of Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat that was so successful during their 2015 playoff run in their latest game, a 5-3 loss to Arizona. It's unclear whether they will begin tonight's game on the same line, but if not, it's worth watching throughout the game whether they do. The Blackhawks have been coming at opponents in waves lately, so Cooper could look to separate the three to distribute the scoring.

5. Take advantage on special teams.

The Lightning have racked up the fifth-most penalty minutes in the league, and own a bottom-10 penalty kill unit at 80.1 percent. The Blackhawks are the second-least penalized team, and have converted on 17.9 percent of their power plays, which sits at 16th. But they haven't scored one on the man advantage in five straight games, going 0-for-9 during that span. Here's a chance to change that.

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