Update: ‘Hawks lose penalty kill ace Kruger (wrist) for four months

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The injury Marcus Kruger suffered in Edmonton on Thursday night is pretty severe.

Per CSN Chicago, Kruger underwent surgery today to repair a dislocated left wrist, an injury that will sideline him for the next four months.

It’s a pretty significant blow for the ‘Hawks.

Kruger’s by no means a scorer — he’s never eclipsed the 30-point plateau, and has just one in 33 games this year — but, at 25, he’s a veteran guy that’s won two Stanley Cups, and has been a constant fixture in the club’s oft-rotating bottom-six forward group.

Why? Because Kruger can kill penalties.

No Chicago forward averages more shorthanded time per game. In fact, only d-men Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson average more PK time on the club.

With Kruger out, the club has recalled former first-round pick Phillip Danault from AHL Rockford. Danault is likely to draw into the lineup and make his regular-season debut on Saturday in Buffalo.