The Chicago Blackhawks will be decidedly shorthanded for tonight’s game against Carolina.
Patrick Kane — placed on LTIR, out for the remainder of the regular season — won’t suit up against the ‘Canes, nor will fellow forwards Bryan Bickell and Brandon Saad.
Veteran defenseman Michal Rozsival will also be out, per ‘Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville.
It’s unclear exactly what’s ailing everyone outside of Kane, who suffered a leg injury after colliding with St. Louis’ Brenden Morrow at 7:56 of the second period in a 4-0 win on Wednesday. The injury isn’t believed to be serious, but ‘Hawks are going to hold Kane out of the lineup until playoff time, mostly as a precautionary measure.
Saad and Rozsival sat versus St. Louis with upper and lower body ailments, respectively (both have actually missed the last two games after getting hurt Sunday’s win over Detroit). Bickell played over 14 minutes against the Blues, putting three shots on goal while registering two hits.
It’s also worth noting that touted Finnish prospect Teuvo Teravainen, called up to the club on Friday, won’t play against Carolina tonight either.
As such, here are what Chicago’s forward lines looked like at the morning skate:
Kris Versteeg–Jonathan Toews–Marian Hossa
Patrick Sharp–Michal Handzus–Andrew Shaw
Peter Regin–Ben Smith–Jeremy Morin
Brandon Bollig–Marcus Kruger–Sheldon Brookbank
Joe Pavelski is the new captain of the San Jose Sharks. The club made the announcement today via Twitter.
The former captain, Joe Thornton, will be an alternate captain, along with Logan Couture.
Pavelski, 31, was the Sharks’ leading scorer last season, finishing with 37 goals and 33 assists. He’s also signed through 2018-19, so giving him the ‘C’ makes sense from a long-term stability perspective.
Couture, 26, is also signed through 2018-19, while Thornton, 36, only has two years left on his contract.
The Sharks had four alternate captains (Thornton, Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic) in 2014-15, but no captain.
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Scottie Upshall has parlayed his training camp tryout into a contract with St. Louis.
On Monday, the Blues agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the veteran forward, worth $700,000 at the NHL level. The deal comes after Upshall spent all of training camp and the preseason impressing the Blues his speed and skating ability, no small feat for a 31-year-old veteran with over 500 NHL games on his odometer.
But where Upshall fits in the Blues lineup — and within the organization — remains to be seen.
The club has plenty of depth up front and Upshall isn’t coming off a terrific campaign, having scored just eight goals and 15 points in 63 games with Florida last season. That said, he showed enough to be just one of a handful of veterans on PTOs to score a contract.