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Morning Skate Update: Kane to miss Coyotes game

The worst team in the league will not have its best player on Friday night.

Arizona Coyotes v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Every game is a pretty steep challenge for the Chicago Blackhawks this season but Friday’s home game against the Arizona Coyotes will be an even taller task after the updates from the morning skate.

Patrick Kane, who’s been nursing a lower-body injury for about a week now, will not play in this game.

Kane’s absence from the lineup due to an injury is a rarity for the Blackhawks’ winger. He only missed one game between the 2015-16 and 2021 seasons and then missed just four last season due to issues that affected, well, the entire world:

Elsewhere in the lineup, Alex Stalock will head to the net while some rotating in and out of the lineup will occur with one of the Blackhawks younger defenseman again being a lineup casualty:

Why Phillips is being omitted from the lineup is anyone’s guess because it seems like he’s played well enough since being called up from Rockford and any NHL reps he can get would seem to benefit the team in the long run.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

As for the opposing Coyotes, limited lineup information is available due to the team playing in Philadelphia on Thursday night. Although one known piece is that the Blackhawks will face the Coyotes’ backup goalie:

The lines below for Arizona are based on Thursday’s game while the lines for the Blackhawks are mostly guesswork due to the shuffling brought on by Kane’s absence.

Projected Lines

Blackhawks

Athanasiou — Domi — Reichel

T. Johnson — Toews — Raddysh

Kurashev — Dickinson — Lafferty

Seney — R. Johnson — Blackwell

McCabe — S. Jones

J. Johnson — Murphy

C. Jones — Mitchell

Stalock

Mrazek

Coyotes

Keller — Boyd — Schmaltz

McBain — Bjugstad — Crouse

Ritchie — Hayton — Fischer

Brown — Kassian — Carcone

Chychrun — Gostisbehere

Valimaki — Moser

Nemeth — Stetcher

Ingram

Vejmelka