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Morning Skate Update: Murphy returns; Mrazek starts vs. Bruins

Some lineup shuffles as the Blackhawks prepare for the best team in the league.

Boston Bruins v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images

A couple lineup reports and updates as the Chicago Blackhawks get set to face the league-leading Boston Bruins on Tuesday night at the United Center.

During Monday’s practice, goaltender Petr Mrazek briefly left the ice after taking a puck to the neck. But he was back on the ice for Tuesday’s morning skate and will be the starter against the Bruins:

Connor Murphy will return after missing the last two games for personal reasons, while a pair of recent Rockford call-ups in Buddy Robinson and Mike Hardman will be in the lineup:

During the post-practice media session, coach Luke Richardson was asked his thoughts about the overall thing that the Blackhawks are doing this season, something that can be summarized in a single word but instead of using that word we’re just going to tap the sign and let Richardson’s thoughtful answer speak for itself:

Here’s what the Blackhawks lineup will probably be against the Bruins, based on Monday’s practice, the morning skate and the last few games:

Reichel — Kurashev — Athanasiou

T. Johnson — Dickinson — Raddysh

Hardman — Entwistle — Robinson

Katchouk — Khaira — Anderson

C. Jones — S. Jones

Tinordi — Murphy

Zaitsev — Mitchell



As for the visiting Bruins, it appears that Linus Ullmark will start in net while the rest of the Boston lineup looks every bit as formidable as its 50-10-5 record would indicate: