Blackhawks have their own issues
Meanwhile, the Blackhawks will be without centerman Artem Anisimov and winger Marian Hossa, who are both sidelined due to day-to-day injuries. Center Tanner Kero has been called up from Rockford and will be filling in on the fourth line. His stats this year so far in the AHL are seven goals and 13 assists.
Another familiar face who will draw into the lineup is goaltender Corey Crawford. Crow has been out of the lineup since early December and will hopefully have a good warm-up game against the worst team in the league. Scott Darling has been good in his absence and has earned respect from coach Joel Quenneville. Coach Q has said Darling will make more appearances this season.
With just 26 games played this year, captain Jonathan Toews has not produced to “Jonathan Toews standards.” So many people give him the benefit of the doubt, saying he does so much more on the ice that isn’t quantified. My response to that is so does Sidney Crosby, and he leads the league in goals and is third in points overall.
I know Toews has been injured and hopefully he didn’t return too soon, but the captain needs his scoring touch back. His last goal was on November 9, and he only has two points in his last five games. It shouldn’t be too long before Toews returns to his $10.5M form.