The Chicago Blackhawks visit the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks on Thursday at Honda Center. With the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and Central Division already locked up, don’t be surprised if the pedal isn’t exactly pushed to the floor in this one.
The Ducks will be without its top two defenseman: Cam Fowler and Hampus Lindholm. Fowler suffered a lower-body injury in Tuesday’s win over Calgary. The 25-year-old blue liner was helped off the ice in the third period after a knee-to-knee hit from Calgary’s Mark Giordano sent him into the boards behind Anaheim’s net. Fowler underwent an MRI on Wednesday.
Lindholm will miss his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury. He did not skate in Wednesday’s practice and along with Fowler is considered day-to-day.
The Blackhawks’ lineup is getting a shakeup with Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Niklas Hjalmarsson likely to sit based on their lines during practice on Thursday. Tomas Jurco is taking over a top-six role with Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik, while Andrew Desjardins was at the right wing spot occupied by Hossa recently.
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How to watch Blackhawks at Ducks
Time: 8 p.m. CT
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
TV: NBCSN, CSN