The Chicago Blackhawks will be without the services of Dan Carcillo tonight when they play host to the Dallas Stars.
Carcillo is considered suspended until his in-person hearing.
Since he was offered an in-person hearing, Carcillo is due for a suspension of at least six games.
The 29-year-old has a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for his cross-check on Jets’ forward Mathieu Perreault on Friday.
Here is a look at the play in question:
Joakim Nordstrom replaces Carcillo in the Blackhawks’ lineup tonight.
Carcillo has had several run-ins with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.
Last May he was suspended 10 games for abuse of an official – that suspension was reduced to six games after an appeal.
In October 2011, Carcillo was suspended two games for a hit on Hurricanes’ defenseman Joni Pitkanen.
Considering all the talk about a Dan Carcillo cross-check breaking his arm, it’s not a surprise that red-hot Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault is out on Sunday and won’t play until at least after the All-Star break.
(The team is only labeling it an upper-body injury at this point. As usual with NHL injuries, it may be some time before we know the extent of his issues. It might not be a break after all, however.)
That doesn’t change the fact that it stings, though, as Blake Wheeler notes to the Winnipeg Sun’s Ken Wiebe.
“It hurts,” Wheeler said. “He’s a guy that is the definition of on-fire right now. He’s played awesome for us.”
Indeed, that’s a tough loss with how legitimate Winnipeg has been looking lately.
On the bright side, Evander Kane has been on a nice run of his own, and he looks to slide into Perreault’s spot alongside Mark Scheifele and Michael Frolik.
Still, there’s only so much you can sugarcoat losing a player who scored nine points in five games before being injured on Friday, especially if Kane struggles to find chemistry alongside linemates who may be better on paper.
That’s a bummer, but the league’s contenders learn to roll with injury punches. If the Jets want to gain that distinction, they’ll have to do it too … starting with tonight’s game against the struggling Arizona Coyotes.
The Chicago Blackhawks announced Saturday that the team will be without the services of forward Kris Versteeg for upto a month.
Versteeg suffered a left hand injury while blocking a shot during Thursday’s Winter Classic loss to the Washington Capitals.
The 28-year-old was in the middle of a bounce-back season recording nine goals and 27 points in 34 games. He had 29 points all of last season.
With Versteeg out, the Blackhawks have recalled prospect Teuvo Teravainen from the Rockford IceHogs.
Teravainen skated on a line with Dan Carcillo and Ben Smith during the team’s practice Saturday.
The 20-year-old will make his season debut Sunday when the Blackhawks play host to the Dallas Stars.