Matthew Highmore and Lucas Carlsson will draw into the lineup after Alex DeBrincat and Adam Boqvist were placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list Monday.
Coach Jeremy Colliton also announced that the DeBrincat and Boqvist would be out two weeks.
Jeremy Colliton says DeBrincat and Boqvist will be out 2 weeks on the COVID list.— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) January 26, 2021
"We're doing the best we can, everyone is, but the world we're living in right now. We're not in a bubble. It would've been naive to think it wouldn't touch us at some point."
There will also be change in the Blackhawks net after Kevin Lankinen handled the game’s against Red Wings last Friday and Sunday, resulting in Chicago’s first two wins of the season.
Malcolm Subban starts today for the Blackhawks.— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) January 26, 2021
Lucas Carlsson in for Boqvist, Matthew Highmore in for DeBrincat.
In Subban’s lone start of the season, he allowed five goals on 33 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Lightning in the Blackhawks season opener.
Highmore has no points in three games but was a part of the checking line with Ryan Carpenter and David Kampf that impressed in the playoffs last season. He also had six points in 36 regular-season games before the NHL was paused last March by the coronavirus pandemic. Highmore sat Sunday’s game against Detroit to allow Carl Söderberg to make his NHL debut.
This will be Carlsson’s first game of the young season and seventh regular season game of his NHL career. He also skated in Game 2 of the Blackhawks first-round series against the Golden Knights in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The IceHogs veteran is the oldest defensemen on the taxi squad with the most professional experience.
Although changes to any lines and/or pairings remained unknown, Ian Mitchell is expected to get power-play time with the absence of Boqvist.
With Adam Boqvist out, Jeremy Colliton said Ian Mitchell is likely to get a chance on power play tonight. #Blackhawks— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) January 26, 2021
Chicago faces Nashville Tuesday night at 7 p.m. and again on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.