Blackhawks Getting Healthy

On Tuesday, the Blackhawks shared good news on a couple injured players.

Defenseman Gustav Forsling will return to the lineup against Calgary on Tuesday night at the United Center. The Hawks will be facing the Flames for the second time in nine days – and Forsling was injured in the last game between the two teams. Forsling skated only eight shifts against the Flames on Oct. 24, a 3-2 shootout loss for the Blackhawks.

Michal Kempny will reportedly sit on Tuesday. Michal Rozsival will stay in the lineup for the fourth consecutive game.

Another injured player returning soon is forward Andrew Desjardins, who could make his 2016-17 season debut on Sunday when the Blackhawks host the banged-up Dallas Stars.

Here are the lines from Tuesday morning’s skate:

Panik-Toews-Kane
Panarin-Anisimov-Hossa
Motte-Kruger-Schmaltz
Hinostroza-Rasmussen-Tootoo

17 thoughts on “Blackhawks Getting Healthy

  1. Please watch and learn Kempny…your d-zone decision making has been shaky to say the least.

  2. The Walrus. You have the same ability to see talent as a Walrus! Nick is the best young talent on the team. That’s why he’s playing on the power play. Get a clue buddy.

  3. BARBER, you shouldn’t expect Kempny to come here from the KHL and immediately adjust to the NHL, which requires quicker decision-making. It may take half a season. He has good talent but Q has little patience with D-men.

  4. Panik has done well – better than expected. His speed and physicality shows up during the game and goes to the net and can bang in rebounds. Great. But, he also kills plays with his inability to receive passes and control the puck when it’s on his stick. Obviously Q isn’t going to change anything now because they’re on a roll, but at some point I would like to see Motte get a couple games with 19-88 to see what he can do. Motte isn’t as big and physical as Panik (although he’s no shrinking violet), but he’s probably as fast and he has much better offensive skills. Panik is good defensively and he would do well on the 3rd line with Kruger and Schmatlz/Hartman.

    4-4 on the PK. Upward trend continues. Very nice.

  5. More i see Motte and more i like that kid ..he is really relax and play good for a guy who played just a few game in Rockford last year …its big gap from College hockey to NHL …5 Pts in 10 games ..
    Nice to see Hawks scoring 4 Goals in the third period…

  6. Original 6 i would agree with you if he didn t sign a elc saying he didn t need to go to ahl to adjust to smaller rinks and become a more complete player

  7. Ebonyraptor,

    Great analysis. Agree with your swapping of Panik and Motte at least for a few games not because Panik isn’t earning quality icetime. He is. But because offensive upside with Motte is huge. If I recall correctly, he was nearly a goal a game in college. Not a point a game, a goal a game! Guys with that level of offensive skills don’t show up everyday. Maybe he can make us completely forget Vesey by eclipsing Vesey and winning the Calder over say Forsling and Schmaltz, who could also finish ahead of Vesey in voting if a few things fall into the right places during the year for the Hawks. Not much to complain about right now with the boys. They don’t need to play 60 munutes for 82 games plus playoffs. I’m perfectly fine with them easing into games and finishing like (and as) Champs. Go Hawks!

  8. One more note:

    Loving Hossa meshing with Panarin and Anisimov and the balance it is giving the Hawks attack and if SB (or his dad) knew that Anisimov was THIS good, they should have sent Saad packing before he asked for more money. I really liked Saad but Anisimov has been everything we could have hoped for and more. I’m guessing his faceoffs will get back to around 45 -50 pct too when his wrist is 100 pct if it’s not yet there.

  9. Ian, Forsling signed the same type of deal. I’m not going to knock a player that can make more money over seas and play closer to home.

    First pre-season game Kempny played in I said he’s to aggressive on both sides of the ice. He pinches when he should retreat in the offensive zone. And goes for the big hit rather than being able to fight another day in the d-zone. That’s still the case, but it definitely isnt as prevalent. We all said we needed more physicality on the blue line. We got it and now we want the guy to tone it back.

  10. Ernie i know forsling signed similar deal as did pinarin last year all i meant is you can t adjust to smaller ice in europe and you should be ready if you want type of contract. Just to note forslings elc was longer 3 yrs vs 1 and he s a couple of years younger too

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