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Blackhawks Bits: Hagel, Entwistle miss practice with injuries

Some news and notes from Monday morning’s practice.

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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.

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.

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:

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.

King after practice joked about how he reflected on his first win as an NHL head coach:

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.

The Blackhawks face the Pittsburgh Penguins at the United Center on Tuesday at 7:30 pm.