On Monday morning, the Chicago Blackhawks announced a few players were not practicing, including forwards Brandon Hagel and MacKenzie Entwistle.
Defenseman Calvin de Haan also did not practice, but that was attributed to “maintenance” and not an apparent injury.
MEDICAL UPDATE: Forwards Brandon Hagel (left shoulder) and MacKenzie Entwistle (left ankle), and defenseman Calvin de Haan (maintenance) will not practice today. #Blackhawks— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) November 8, 2021
Hagel and Entwistle were both injured in Sunday night’s game. Hagel was injured when he landed awkwardly on his left shoulder while Entwistle was taken out during a collision with Mike Hardman in the second period.
King said the team is waiting on more information about the seriousness of both Hagel and Entwistle’s injuries.
King said he'd had more information tomorrow on how Hagel and Entwistle are doing, if they'll miss any time, etc.— Tracey Myers (@Tramyers_NHL) November 8, 2021
So likely as insurance due to the injuries above, the Blackhawks recalled Reese Johnson:
The Blackhawks second practice with interim head coach Derek King was notably different than those under former coach Jeremy Colliton according to several of the team’s beat reporters:
One commonality in Colliton practices that seemed inefficient was drills that only 3-8 guys participated in at a time, while everyone else stood around and waited.— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) November 8, 2021
That's not the case today. Hawks are running 3 side-by-side iterations of a passing drill to involve everyone.
#Blackhawks opening practice with a simple passing drill, going zone to zone. This is something I thought they should have worked on a long time ago.— John Dietz (@johndietzdh) November 8, 2021
Simple stuff but better passing = better scoring opportunities.
Lines during rushes were fairly similar to those from Sunday’s game but with several forwards rotating in due to missing players.
Henrik Borgström, who missed time due to being in COVID Protocol, was skating in place of Entwistle while Hagel’s spot was occupied by a carousel of players. Wyatt Kalynuk, who was injured in training camp when he went awkwardly into the boards during practice, was seen skating with the top-six on defense.
Blackhawks lines in practice:— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) November 8, 2021
*Reese Johnson, Khaira and Gaudette are the rotating guys
King after practice joked about how he reflected on his first win as an NHL head coach:
Derek King on whether he had a chance to reflect on last night when he got home after his first win as NHL head coach: “I passed out. I had a nice cold drink then passed out.” #Blackhawks pic.twitter.com/CPQI6ksFXu— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) November 8, 2021
And in case you missed it, the Blackhawks celebrated Native American Heritage Month during Sunday night’s game. It’d be great to see more of this type of educational yet entertaining messaging throughout the season. Also, Marc-André Fleury should change to that mask permanently because it is straight fire.
Tonight we celebrate Native American Heritage Month, but our efforts are year-round.— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) November 7, 2021
Read more about our initiatives here ⬇️
Dancers from the Sac & Fox Nation of Oklahoma are performing during intermission. pic.twitter.com/GY3KaL4Jc2— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) November 8, 2021
Introducing ’s Native American Heritage mask – brought to life with a design by Ojibwe artist Patrick Hunter pic.twitter.com/JeX5XHf2hK— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) November 7, 2021
Family. Heritage. Tradition. pic.twitter.com/a8cSnms7RM— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) November 7, 2021
Wallace “Bud” McLellan (Sac & Fox) has the distinct honor of carrying Black Hawk’s name today. He shares his story here. pic.twitter.com/xLZ2qjraMo— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) November 8, 2021
The Blackhawks face the Pittsburgh Penguins at the United Center on Tuesday at 7:30 pm.