Chicago Blackhawks Player News: Last 7 days, All Positions

News: Bouma scored his first goal with the Blackhawks and added a helper in Saturday's win over the Coyotes.
Impact: Bouma is currently skating on the fourth line and doesn't offer much from a fantasy perspective. The 27-year-old did have a 34-point season back in his Calgary days, but his offensive production really fell off in the following years. Chicago's top lines can't always carry the offense, so it's good to see a guy like Bouma deliver in the third with the game-winning goal. Don't expect much from the former Flame aside from the rare point contribution every now and then.
News: Toews collected two assists in Saturday's win over Arizona.
Impact: That's eight points in nine games for the Captain, who snapped a three-game pointless drought. Toews remains one of the most valuable fantasy centers in the game and should be an automatic roll every night.
News: Wingels scored his first goal with the Blackhawks and added a helper in Saturday's win over Arizona.
Impact: The 29-year-old has been centering the fourth line for Chicago and barely averaging 10 minutes of ice time. Wingels has shown in the past he can be a capable depth scorer, but the opportunities and consistency just haven't been there in recent years. If he sticks in the Blackhawks' lineup, there's no reason he can't light the lamp a few more times this season.
News: Keith dished out a pair of assists and was a plus-3 in Saturday's win over Arizona.
Impact: Keith is now sporting a four-game point streak, giving him seven assists through nine games this season. While he's yet to find twine, Keith has been logging very heavy minutes and putting lots of pucks on net, so he's bound to get on the board soon. He's about as consistent as the come on the blueline, so make sure you get him in your lineup.
News: Crawford stopped 27 of 29 shots in Saturday's win over the Coyotes.
Impact: Crawford shut the door Saturday after allowing four goals in a loss to Blues in his last outing. The 32-year-old is sporting a phenomenal .945 save percentage in seven starts this season and once again showing why he's must-own fantasy material. Make sure you have him in your lineup every game, as Crawford plays almost every night for Chicago and has been one of the best fantasy goaltenders over the last few years.
News: Crawford will guard the cage in Saturday's road game against the Coyotes, Eric Lear of Blackhawks TV reports.
Impact: Crawford has been fantastic this campaign, compiling a 4-2-0 record while registering a 1.84 GAA and .947 save percentage over six appearances. The 32-year-old backstop will look to keep rolling Saturday in a highly favorable matchup with a Coyotes club that's 0-6-1 this season.
News: Forsberg stopped 40 shots in his second start this season, a 2-1 overtime loss to the Oilers on Thursday.
Impact: Forsberg has hard-luck overtime losses in both of this starts. He faced 43 shots in a 4-3 defeat at Toronto on Oct. 9. ''He's been excellent in both games,'' coach Joel Quenneville said. ''Got it to overtime. It would have been nice to get him a win tonight.''
News: Forsberg stopped 40 of 42 shots in Thursday's overtime loss to the Oilers.
Impact: Forsberg has impressed in his two starts this season, posting a .921 save percentage and getting Chicago to overtime in both contests. Corey Crawford is the clear-cut starter for the Blackhawks, but it's good to see the 24-year-old is faring well in a backup role after posting strong totals in the AHL. He likely won't see much action, but Forsberg could make for a sneaky spot start whenever the workhorse Crawford gets the night off.
News: Forsberg will be between the pipes for Thursday's tilt against Edmonton, Eric Lear of Blackhawks TV reports.
Impact: Forsberg was bombarded with pucks by the Maple Leafs in his only appearance this season, making 39 of a possible 43 saves in an overtime loss. Thursday's matchup comes on the tail end of a back-to-back which, so far, appears to be the only time the 24-year-old will find himself in net. Having faced one of the league's top talents in Auston Matthews, the Swede will now welcome Connor McDavid to the Windy City.
News: Crawford turned aside 28 of 32 shots as his team dropped a 5-2 decision to St. Louis
Impact: Crawford was due for a tough night after his strong start to the season. Even with that, he was sharp against the power play, stopping St. Louis five times with the man advantage. Owners shouldn't worry about this one.
News: Kane had an assist in a 5-2 loss to the Blues on Wednesday.
Impact: Kane has an assist in each of his past three contests and leads the Hawks in points with nine, but he hasn't scored since Oct. 7 against Columbus.
News: Keith had an assist but finished minus-4 in a 5-2 loss to St. Louis on Wednesday.
Impact: Whenever a player records a point and still post a minus-3 or worse, they've had a bad game defensively. That was the case for Keith, who was on the ice for all five Blues goals. He hasn't had a great start to the season, but his track record suggests he should be able to bounce back soon.
News: Schmaltz (upper body) is slated to return to Chicago's lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blues.
Impact: Schmaltz got off to a hot start this campaign, racking up two goals and one assist in the Blackhawks' season opener against Pittsburgh before going down with an injury after logging just 0:34 of ice time in Chicago's second game. The 21-year-old pivot will return to his role centering Ryan Hartman and Patrick Kane on the Blackhawks' second line Wednesday and can be started with confidence in all fantasy formats.
News: Noel was reassigned to AHL Rockford on Wednesday.
Impact: Noel had technically still been with the Blackhawks after suffering an undisclosed injury during training camp. With his ailment cleared up, the center was eligible to be sent down to the minors, where he will likely spend the bulk of the 2017-18 campaign.
News: Crawford will guard the cage in Wednesday's road game against the Blues, Eric Lear of Blackhawks TV reports.
Impact: Crawford has been exceptional this season. The 32-year-old netminder currently leads the league in GAA (1.39) and save percentage (.960), and he's compiled a 4-1-0 record over five appearances. He'll look to stay hot in a road matchup with a St. Louis team that's averaging 2.83 goals per game this season, 17th in the NHL.
News: Schmaltz (upper body) centered the team's second line during Monday's practice and is expected to play Wednesday in St. Louis, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: The 2014 first-round pick enjoyed a hot start to 2017-18, notching two goals and an assist in the two games he participated in before getting injured on Oct. 7. Should Schmaltz be able to return, he'll have every opportunity to keep producing, as he'll be flanked by Patrick Kane and Ryan Hartman, who have combined for four goals and 16 points in six contests.
News: Seabrook hasn't collected a point since generating one goal and two helpers against the Penguins on Opening Night.
Impact: For what it's worth, the B.C. native does have 13 blocked shots on the young season, though in hindsight, his brilliant showing in the opener looks like a tease. Seabrook has averaged 44 points over the last two years, so expect his rate of offensive production to spike soon enough; he's too well-rounded a player to be held down for too long.
News: Crawford had 37 saves for Chicago, and the Blackhawks beat the Predators 2-1 on Saturday night in their first meeting since last year's playoffs.
Impact: It's been a great start for Crawford, who has stood tall (.960 save percentage) while facing 34.8 shots per game in his five starts.
News: Saad scored his sixth goal 3:05 into overtime, and the Blackhawks beat the Predators 2-1 on Saturday night in their first meeting since last year's playoffs.
Impact: Boy, are the Blackhawks glad to have Saad back. He's probably happy to be back too - it took him 20 games to score six goals last season with Columbus.
News: Sharp recorded a goal in Saturday's 2-1 overtime victory over Nashville.
Impact: The three-time Stanley Cup champ has enjoyed his return to the Blackhawks at this point, having already logged two goals and four points in six games after finishing with eight goals and 18 points in 48 games with Dallas a season ago. Sharp is no longer a top-six forward at this point in his career, but he will continue to contribute on the power play and provide some scoring depth for Chicago.