Carcillo to miss 'some time' with lower-body injury

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Carcillo to miss 'some time' with lower-body injury

LOS ANGELES Daniel Carcillo was probably counting the minutes until the Blackhawks regular-season schedule began again. It had been a long year for the forward, who underwent season-ending left knee surgery on Jan. 17 of last year.

Unfortunately, Carcillos return may have been short lived.

Carcillo is going to miss some time, coach Joel Queneville said, after suffering a lower-body injury possibly to his right knee in the Blackhawks 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. It was a tough blow for Carcillo, who had been cleared from his left knee injury in the fall and was ready to start again this season.

Replays showed Carcillo got tangled up with Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, and his right knee got pinned along the boards.

Dannys going to miss some time here. Well know more of the time frame tomorrow, said Quenneville, who had talked all week on how depth was going to be important for the Blackhawks this season. Thats hockey and thats exactly what were talking about. Weve got six (games) in nine days here, so its a busy road schedule right off the bat. And I thought Danny played a heck of a game, too.

However long Carcillo is sidelined, its an opportunity for someone else. Asked if this is a chance for Brandon Saad, who made the Blackhawks roster out of camp again, Quenneville said, likely.

Carcillo spent the brief training camp on the Blackhawks top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, and he was there today against the Kings. He had the primary assist on Hossas first goal, which gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead at the time.

Carcillo talked about his long road to recovery made longer by the lockout earlier this week.

I used (the time) to make changes in my life and its been good, he said. When you have an injury like that, you just focus on yourself a lot more, you know? Im just glad to be back around the guys and be in this environment again.

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Blackhawks tinker with lines vs. Avalanche

Blackhawks tinker with lines vs. Avalanche

Corey Crawford will get the start and the Blackhawks' lines will have a very different look when they face the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center.

Not surprisingly, the Blackhawks' second line of Artemi Panarin, Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane remain the same. Those three are still doing the bulk of the scoring. The top line is now Ryan Hartman and Richard Panik with Jonathan Toews while Marian Hossa goes to the third line with Vinnie Hinostroza and Tanner Kero.

As with any line changes, it's clear the Blackhawks, who are riding a two-game losing streak, aren't happy with how things have been going. 

"You gotta get the message and I think everyone can compete harder, at least a little harder than we have the last few games," Toews said. "Sometimes you go through spurts when you're not playing with the most energy or firing on all cylinders. You just have to find ways to play smart and still create but still limit the chances you give up against."

Hossa said everyone else needs to help the second line.

"[There's] one line consistent on the offensive side. The other lines have a good stretches and then we have dry stretches. We're trying to find where it's no longer just one line consistent on production," Hossa said. "It's going good for a little bit but then we have a dry stretch and I don't know way, exactly. But we have to find [a solution] before the playoffs start."

Marcus Kruger did not make the trip with the Blackhawks. Coach Joel Quenneville expected Kruger to skate in Chicago on Tuesday. Quenneville added that he's going back to 12 forwards and six defensemen in tonight's game. The defensive scratch was unknown.

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Meanwhile, the Avalanche have had an awful season and now trade rumors abound for a team that could part with several players. Colorado general manager Joe Sakic told the Denver Post there were only three untouchables in the organization. Gabriel Landeskog ($5.57 million cap hit through 2020-21) and Matt Duchene ($6 million hit through 2018-19) would be coveted at the trade deadline by teams that can afford them.

This is the third meeting between these two teams. The Blackhawks beat the Avs 4-0 on Nov. 3 before the Avalanche took the Dec. 23 game 2-1. The Avalanche have been especially bad at home, going 5-15-1 at the Pepsi Center this season.

Broadcast information

Time: 7 p.m.
TV: CSN
Live stream: CSNChicago.com

Blackhawks forward lines

Ryan Hartman-Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik
Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane
Vinnie Hinostroza-Tanner Kero-Marian Hossa
Andrew Desjardins-Dennis Rasmussen-Nick Schmaltz

Defensive pairs

Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson
Brian Campbell-Brent Seabrook
Michal Rozsival-Trevor van Riemsdyk

Goaltender

Corey Crawford

Injuries

Marcus Kruger (right arm)

Avalanche forward lines

Mikko Rantanen-Nathan Mackinnon-Gabriel Bourque
Gabriel Landeskog-Matt Duchene-Matthew Nieto
Blake Comeau-Carl Soderberg-Jarome Iginla
Andreas Martinsen-John Mitchell-Mikhail Gregorenko

Defensive pairs

Fedor Tyutin-Tyson Barrie
Francois Beauchemin-NikitaZadorov
Patrick Wiercioch-Cody Goloubef

Goaltender

Semyon Varlamov

Injuries

Erik Johnson (broken leg)