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Blackhawks’ Victor Ejdsell to make NHL debut vs. Sharks

The 22-year-old will be Chicago’s No. 1 center.

Patrik Bexell

Chicago Blackhawks forward Victor Ejdsell will make his NHL debut as the team’s No. 1 center when they host the San Jose Sharks on Monday night at United Center.

Ejdsell, 22, was recalled from the AHL on Sunday morning. The 6-foot-5 Ejdsell was acquired by Chicago as part of the Ryan Hartman trade with the Nashville Predators in February. Ejdsell had 20 goals and 14 assists in the SHL this season. Ejdsell had an assist at center in two games with Rockford, while he played center and wing in the SHL.

Ejdsell takes over the No. 1 center from Patrick Kane, who played in the role in Saturday’s 3-1 win over the New York Islanders with captain Jonathan Toews out with an upper-body injury. Chicago’s victory snapped a five-game skid for the Hawks. Goaltender Anton Forsberg made 31 saves.

Rookie forward Matthew Highmore will draw back into the lineup for John Hayden, who is out with an upper-body injury.

The Hawks will host a red-hot Sharks team that has won seven straight, with six of those having Martin Jones in net.

Logan Couture extended his point streak to four games with an assist in the Sharks’ 5-1 home victory over Calgary. Couture left the bench in the third period with an undisclosed injury, but is still expected to play.

San Jose is in playoff position in second place in the Pacific Division, but has yet to clinch a spot. The Sharks are six points back of Vegas for first place and four points clear of Anaheim.

Chicago and San Jose have split their season series leading into Monday’s tilt. Nick Schmaltz leads the team with three points (two goals, one assists) against the Sharks this season.

Lineups

Blackhawks

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Brandon Saad - Victor Ejdsell - Patrick Kane
F2 Vinnie Hinostroza - Nick Schmaltz - Alex DeBrincat
F3 Tomas Jurco - Artem Anisimov - Andreas Martinesen
F4 Patrick Sharp - David Kampf - Matthew Highmore
D1 Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
D2 Jan Rutta - Erik Gustafsson
D3 Jordan Oesterle - Connor Murphy
Goaltender Anton Forsberg

Sharks

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Evander Kane - Joe Pavelski - Melker Karlsson
F2 Tomas Hertl - Logan Couture - Mikkel Boedker
F3 Timo Heier - Chris Tierney - Kevin Labanc
F4 Barclay Goodrow - Eric Fehr - Jannik Hansen
D1 Paul Martin - Brent Burns
D2 Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
D3 Brenden Dillon - Dylan DeMelo
Goaltender Martin Jones

*Lines are subject to change.

How to watch Sharks at Blackhawks

Start time: 7:30 p.m. CT

Location: United Center, Chicago

TV: NBCSN