Cam Barker left Sunday night’s win early in the third period and, after Tuesday morning’s skate, coach Joel Quenneville said he has been ruled out for the game against Minnesota. Barker has what is being defined by the Hawks as an “upper-body injury,” but it appeared he hurt a shoulder being driven into the boards on Sunday night.
Niklas Hjalmarsson is still questionable after being hit in the head with a puck on New Year’s Eve. There has not been word yet that anyone has been recalled for tonight’s game, but the Hawks only have Jordan Hendry listed on the roster as an extra defenseman, so missing Hjalmarsson and Barker could put the roster in a tough situation. Hjalmarsson did reportedly skate at the morning practice, but has not officially been ruled active for the game yet.
UPDATE: Hjalmarsson is active for Tuesday night’s game.
Thankfully the Minnesota Wild come to Chicago as one of the bottom teams in the Western Conference. The Wild are killing only 82.4 percent of their opponents’ power play chances, and the Hawks have scored with the man advantage in seven straight games. The Wild also rank 22nd in the NHL on the offensive power play (16.8 percent) while the Blackhawks are among the best in the league in killing opponents’ chances (86.9 percent, second in the NHL).