News: Toews scored his third and fourth goals of the year Thursday in a shootout win over the Senators.
Impact: He'd been off to a bit of a quiet start, so it's nice to see Toews break out with his second multi-point game of the season. We know the talent is there, so assuming he stays healthy enough to play 80 games, Toews could quite conceivably exceed 70 points for the second time in his career.
News: Darling was tagged for four goals on 28 shots Thursday, but saved all three shootout attempts to deliver a 5-4 victory over the Senators.
Impact: It'll be interesting to see what he 'Hawks make of this performance by Darling, who obviously didn't post good numbers this time, but still did deliver a win. With Corey Crawford likely healthy enough to start Saturday, either Darling or Antti Raanta will soon be sent down to AHL Rockford.
Marian Hossa - #81 - Right Wing - 6'1" - 210lbs
News: Hossa picked up a goal and an assist Thursday in a shootout win over the Senators, giving him exactly 1,000 points for his career. He went plus-2 with five shots on goal.
Impact: It took him just 1,100 NHL games to reach that milestone, emphasizing just how good a career Hossa's had. The 35-year-old started the year slow, with just a lonely goal in his first six games, but has warmed to the task more recently, with four points in his last four contests. Even with a disappointing performance out of the gate, Hossa remains a must-start in the vast majority of fantasy formats.
News: Raanta could be heading to Rockford of the AHL after the Blackhawks announced Thursday that Scott Darling will start against Ottawa, his third game in a row between the pipes, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Raanta will be in the press box on Thursday, as Corey Crawford will be backing up Darling against the Senators. The Blackhawks can't keep three goalies around for long. so somebody is going to have to be shipped to Rockford soon. It could just be a move to showcase Darling for a possible trade or they just want to get a gauge on Darling, but either way, it doesn't seem like a good sign for Raanta.
News: Crawford (upper body) will be available as the backup to starting goalie Scott Darling for Thursday's game against the Senators, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Crawford declared himself "100 percent" after taking part in Thursday's morning skate, so it would appear coach Joel Quenneville is just taking extra precaution by limiting Crawford to backup duties. Darling fared well against the Senators in his first NHL start on Sunday, likely leading Quenneville to feel comfortable with sticking with the backup netminder for a third straight game. Crawford figures to reclaim the net Saturday in Toronto, and should immediately assume his usual heavy workload for the Blackhawks.
News: Darling will be in the net for the Blackhawks' third straight game Thursday versus the Senators, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Corey Crawford (upper body) took part fully at morning skate and declared himself fully healthy after missing the previous five games, but coach Joel Quenneville will ease him back into action by listing him as the backup to Darling on Thursday. Darling dominated the Sens in him first NHL start on Sunday, stopping 32 of 33 shots in the victory. Though Crawford figures to reclaim the net Saturday in Toronto and for a large portion of the Blackhawks' games thereafter, it seems Darling could still stick around as his primary backup over Antti Raanta, who will be in the press box Thursday.
News: Crawford (upper body) is unlikely to start Thursday, according to Mark Lazerus of The Chicago Sun-Times.
Impact: Crawford took part in Thursday's morning skate, but fellow goaltender Scott Darling was the first goalie off the ice following the session, which indicates he, and not Crawford, will start Thursday. While Crawford is unlikely to play Thursday, he has been able to skate a couple times this week, so his return should not be far off.
News: Darling is in line to start Thursday's game against the Senators, Mark Lazerus of The Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Regular goaltender Corey Crawford (upper body) had a chance to return to action Thursday, but Darling was the first goalie off the ice following Thursday's morning skate, so it looks like he will get the nod Thursday night. Darling faced the Senators just four days ago and played well, giving up one goal in a winning effort.
News: Crawford (upper body) was on the ice for the Blackhawks' morning skate, Chris Kuc of The Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Crawford's presence at the morning skate does not guarantee he will start Thursday, but it does give him a chance to do so. Expect the Blackhawks to provide some clarification on their goalie situation following the morning session.
News: Raanta, Scott Darling and Corey Crawford are all traveling with the team on its two-game road trip to Ottawa on Thursday and Toronto on Saturday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Darling has surprisingly started the last two games, leaving Raanta on the bench even with Crawford still out with an upper-body injury. Raanta has looked pretty good in his own three starts (1-2, 2.03 GAA, .933 save percentage) this season, but management clearly likes what it sees in Darling. Both Darling and Raanta can be sent down to AHL Rockford without going through waivers. The Blackhawks are expected to name the starting goalie against Ottawa later Thursday.
News: Darling, Corey Crawford and Antti Raanta are all traveling on the Blackhawks' two-game road trip to Ottawa on Thursday and Toronto on Saturday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Darling's sterling performance in his two games has caused a quandary for the Blackhawks, who are going to have to send either him or Raanta down to AHL Rockford -- and neither of them has to go through waivers to be sent down. Darling has given up only one goal in each of his two games, notching a save percentage of .966. Meanwhile, Crawford has missed the last five games because of an upper-body injury, but might return Thursday against the Senators. The Blackhawks are expected to announce the starter against Ottawa later on Thursday.
News: Darling surrendered just one goal on 25 shots Tuesday against Anaheim, but was stuck with a 1-0 loss.
Impact: The Blackhawks outshot Anaheim 38-25, but John Gibson was perfect on the other end. Darling matched zeroes with him well into the third period, but ultimately ended up allowing a shorthanded breakaway goal to Devante Smith-Pelly. Nonetheless, Darling's delivered terrific turns in each of his first two NHL starts. Unfortunately for him, Corey Crawford (upper body) is quite close to returning, which would push Darling back to the AHL.
News: Crawford (upper body) will not suit up on Tuesday, but will travel with the team to Ottawa for Thursday's contest, CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Crawford was on the ice Tuesday for morning skate, but the Blackhawks decided to take the conservative approach and rule the goalie out for a fifth straight game. Scott Darling will receive the nod in goal for Chicago. Crawford was playing well before he was hurt, supplying a 3-0-1 record to go with a 1.66 GAA and .926 save percentage.
News: Raanta is serving as the backup goalie Tuesday night, as the Blackhawks are going with Scott Darling in goal, CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Regular starter Corey Crawford is still out with an upper-body injury. Darling looked good against the Senators on Sunday, but it's a surprise that the 'Hawks are going with Darling against a team like the Ducks on Tuesday night. After practice on Tuesday, Hawks coach Joel Quenneville would not say who would be going down to Rockford when Crawford returns, which is expected to be Thursday in Ottawa. Raanta has looked pretty good in his three starts (1-2, 2.03 goals against average and .933 save percentage) this season, so it would be surprising to see him lose his backup gig. However, Raanta could still be sent down to Rockford without having to go through waivers.
News: Crawford (upper body) took part in Tuesday's morning skate but is unlikely to play Tuesday night, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Crawford was feeling good enough to take the ice Tuesday, but it appears he will miss at least one more game, as Scott Darling was the first goalie off the ice following Tuesday's morning skate. While Crawford will likely miss his fifth straight game Tuesday night, it appears he will have a chance to return for Chicago's next game Thursday.
News: Darling is lined up to start Tuesday's game against the Ducks, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Regular Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford (upper body) was able to take part in Tuesday's morning skate, but it appears he is not ready to return just yet, as Darling worked in the starter's crease and was the first goalie off the ice following Tuesday's session. Assuming Darling starts as expected, he will have his work cut out for him against an Anaheim squad that has scored at least three goals in seven of its nine games this season.
News: Crawford (upper body) could get the start Tuesday night against the Ducks, CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Crawford has missed the last four games with the upper-body injury, but has practiced since Saturday. This would be a good spot for a Crawford return in a battle between two of the better Western Conference teams. Crawford has had good success against the Ducks in his career, with a record of 7-4-1 and a 1.97 GAA.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Kane recorded his 500th career point in Sunday's win over Ottawa.
Impact: The milestone came on an assist of Jonathan Toews' goal 21 seconds into the second period.
Brent Seabrook - #7 - Defense - 6'3" - 221lbs
News: Seabrook scored his first goal of the season in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Senators.
Impact: He's never been a big-time goal scorer, but it's always a positive to see Seabrook chip in on the power play. The 29-year-old is one of the better two-way defensemen in the league, and he can be counted on to give you 30-40 points along with excellent plus-minus. Those fantasy owners in leagues that count hits and blocks see even more benefits.
News: Toews scored and had three shots in 22:34 on the ice in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Senators.
Impact: A perennial candidate for 25 or more goals, this was just Toews' second time finding the back of the net this year. He does have four assists, though, and figures to be back above the 60-point mark once again when all is said and done, so it's worth waiting it out until the goals start coming more frequently.
News: Darling stopped 32 of 33 shots in Sunday's victory over the Senators.
Impact: Making his NHL debut, Darling was strong in net, withstanding a 16-shot Ottawa attack in the third period. He was impressive with AHL Rockford this season as well, posting a 2-0-0 record, 1.44 GAA and .948 save percentage. Despite his performance, it seems likely that Darling will be sent back down when Corey Crawford (upper body) returns, though he could see some more NHL playing time with more efforts like Sunday's.
Dan Carcillo - #13 - Left Wing - 6'0" - 203lbs
News: Carcillo has a serious knee injury.
Impact: Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said Carcillo could be out multiple weeks after hurting his right knee on a hit from T.J. Oshie early in the third period.
News: Crawford (upper body) could return this week, but will be reevaluated Monday, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Crawford didn't join the Blackhawks on their road trip last week and skated on his own Saturday in Chicago. Scott Darling started the back end of back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday in his place. It's unclear when exactly Crawford will return at this point, but Monday's evaluation should shed a little more light on the situation.
News: Coach Joel Quenneville announced Sunday that Carcillo will likely miss four weeks, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Carcillo was expected to miss at least two weeks, and it now appears he could miss at least double that time. The updated timeable sets his return for the end of November.
News: Raanta made 28 saves Saturday.
Impact: Raanta continues to fill in for the injured Corey Crawford.
News: Toews came up empty Saturday.
Impact: Toews has no points on the road and five at home. Fantasy owners have to believe he will do better on the road eventually.
News: Darling will start in net for the Blackhawks on Sunday, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Darling was considered a candidate to start the Sunday game of the back-to-back stretch Saturday and Sunday. He will make his first NHL regular season start following a 2-0-0 record with a 1.44 GAA and .948 save percentage with AHL Rockford this season. When Crawford is healthy enough to return, it wouldn't be surprising if Darling is sent back to the AHL.
News: Sharp had a goal and one assist Saturday.
Impact: Sharp has been sharp with eight points in seven games.
News: Versteeg netted his first goal of the season in Saturday's loss to St. Louis.
Impact: It was a classic goal from Versteeg, who took a pass from Patrick Sharp in the slot before beating Brian Elliott with a perfectly placed wrist shot. If he continues to skate on the second line, more points should start to follow. Take note, though, that Versteeg isn't being used on the power play and is coming off a disappointing season in which he managed just seven points in 18 games.
News: Sharp scored a power-play goal and added an assist in Saturday's loss to the Blues.
Impact: Sharp has now scored three power-play goals this season, which is second-best in the NHL. The 32-year-old is well on his way to another strong season, recording eight points through his first seven games. Sharp has also recorded 31 shots on goal thus far, a sign he is continually involved in the offensive attack. This sniper is fantasy gold and needs to be in your lineup every night the Hawks are playing.
News: Raanta gave up three goals on 31 shots in Saturday's loss to the Blues.
Impact: Although Raanta played great, it wasn't enough, as the 25-year-old suffered his second straight loss. With Corey Crawford (upper body) close to returning, Raanta will soon be forced back into a backup role. Raanta has played fine in Crawford's absence, but considering Crawford's impressive track record and hot 3-0-1 start to the season, Raanta isn't likely to be challenging him for starts anytime soon. When Raanta is called upon, he can be counted on in the crease behind a rock-solid Hawks team.
News: Carcillo (knee) will likely be out at least two weeks, the Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc reports.
Impact: Coach Joel Quenneville confirmed after Saturday's game that the winger will be out for "a bit." The silver lining is that the Blackhawks expect to measure Carcillo's absence in weeks, not months, so he should be back on the ice at some point in mid-November.
News: Carcillo left Saturday's game against the Blues with what appeared to be a right knee injury, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Carcillo's knee appeared to hyperextend as he was hit by T.J. Oshie. He left for the locker room, putting little to no weight on the knee.
News: Crawford (upper body), who skated at Saturday's practice and could skate at Sunday's practice, is not expected to be in goal Sunday against the Senators, coach Joel Quenneville told CSN Chicago.
Impact: If Crawford fails to play Sunday, it would mark the fourth straight game that he's missed. The good news is that with his return to practice, there is probably a good chance that he'll be back in goal Tuesday, in a good test at home against Anaheim. If Crawford faces the Ducks, he'll enter the contest with a career 7-4-1 record and 2.02 goals-against average over 12 games against Anaheim.
News: Crawford (upper body) skated on his own Saturday back in Chicago and is expected to do so again Sunday, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: The Blackhawks haven't ruled Crawford out from playing when the team returns home for Sunday's game against the Senators, but it seems highly unlikely that coach Joel Quenneville would turn to Crawford just a day after he returned to the ice. Instead, it's expected that No. 3 goalie Scott Darling will step in to make the start Sunday, with Crawford on track to return for the game after that on Tuesday versus the Ducks.
News: Raanta will get the start between the pipes for Saturday's game against the Blues, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Raanta will get his third consecutive start while Corey Crawford (upper body) is still sidelined. Raanta recorded a shutout in his first appearance of the season against the Flyers but allowed three goals to the Predators on Thursday.
Ben Smith - #28 - Right Wing - 5'11" - 207lbs
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith scored on his only shot of the night in a 3-2 loss to the Predators on Thursday.
Impact: In his first full season, Smith netted 14 goals last year. It took him six games to record his first point this season, and skating mainly on the team's fourth line, he likely won't see a big spike in his numbers from a year ago.
News: Coach Joel Quenneville said Thursday that Crawford (upper body) could begin skating in the next day or two, CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers reports.
Impact: The Blackhawks continue to view Crawford's upper-body injury as short-term concern, with the team only ruling him out for their next two games thus far. With Crawford unavailable Thursday, Antti Raanta will make the start against the Predators. Raanta or call-up Scott Darling would then be called upon to man the net in the final game of the Blackhawks' road trip, which will take place Saturday in St. Louis.
News: Raata gave up three goals -- all on a James Neal natural hat trick -- in Thursday's loss to the Predators.
Impact: Raanta spun a shutout in his first outing, so we can look on the bright side here: Only one guy's been able to score on him so far this year. With Corey Crawford's availability unlikely for the Blackhawks' next game, Saturday in St. Louis, Raanta could draw that start too.
News: Raanta will be in the crease Thursday against the Predators, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: With Corey Crawford (upper body) prepared to miss at least the next two games, Raanta will make his second straight start in the net for the Blackhawks. He was sensational in his season debut Tuesday night, stopping all 32 shots he faced to blank the Flyers. Raanta isn't one of the more talented goalies in the league, but the Blackhawks' deep base of talent should put him in good position for a win nearly any time he takes the ice.
News: Darling could be in goal for the Blackhawks on Sunday against Ottawa in the second half of back-to-back games, coach Joel Quenneville told CSN Chicago.
Impact: In the past, Quenneville has split the goalie starts in back-to-back scenarios, so with Corey Crawford (upper body) still unavailable, Darling could see his first NHL regular season contest on Sunday. Darling has really shot up the Blackhawks' depth chart after being signed as a free agent in the offseason, parlaying an impressive into a gig as the No. 3 goalie in the organization. He played for AHL Milwaukee last season, and the Chicago-area native has a chance to start his first regular season NHL game in front of his family. He's currently 2-0 with a 1.44 GAA and a .948 save percentage for AHL Rockford.
News: Crawford (upper body) will not join the Blackhawks for their two-game road trip, Tracey Myers of the CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Coach Joel Quenneville acknowledged that Crawford could start skating on his own over the next few days, but he wouldn't have been back to full health by the end of the team's road trip. The Blackhawks are still labeling his injury as a day-to-day ailment, with the hope that he'll be able to return to the net at some point during the team's homestand beginning Oct. 26. While he's out, Antti Raanta figures to make both of the next two starts for the Blackhawks, though the newly-recalled Scott Darling could also be called upon to make a turn.
News: Kane scored two goals in Chicago's 4-0 win over Philadelphia.
Impact: Kane looked to be at the top of his game Tuesday night. He now has three goals, one season after scoring 29 goals in 69 games.
News: Saad netted his first goal of the season and picked up an assist in Chicago's 4-0 win over Philadelphia.
Impact: Saad, as a young talent on one of the best teams in the NHL, is sure to have many more goals this season. He finished 2013-14 with 47 points in 78 games.
News: Raanta made 32 saves for a shutout in his first start this season.
Impact: It was the second career shutout for Raanta. He subbed in for Corey Crawford, who was scratched with an upper-body injury.
News: Crawford (upper body) didn't practice Wednesday, Scott King of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Crawford didn't start Tuesday due to the unspecified upper-body injury. The fact that he was held out of practice Wednesday leaves his status in doubt for Thursday's game against the Predators. If he can't go, Antti Raanta will likely receive another start in net.
Brad Richards - #91 - Center - 6'0" - 196lbs
News: Richards registered an assist Tuesday in a 4-0 win over the Flyers, giving him his first point as a member of the Blackhawks.
Impact: The Blackhawks are simply looking for Richards to perform on par with what he contributed last season for the Rangers -- somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 goals and 50 points for a full season. More importantly, Richards will be tasked with filling out the third-line center spot the team struggled to generate production from in the last year's postseason.
Bryan Bickell - #29 - Left Wing - 6'4" - 233lbs
News: Bickell scored his first goal of the season and also registered an assist in the Blackhawks' 4-0 victory over the Flyers on Tuesday.
Impact: Bickell earned a new contract a couple of years ago for his work in the Stanley Cup playoffs, but he's never been a huge contributor over an 82-game schedule. The Blackhawks are looking for more during the regular season than the 11 goals and four assists he had last season in 59 games. With three points through five games in 2014-15, he seems to be off on the right foot.
News: Sharp assisted on both of Patrick Kane's power-play goals Tuesday in a 4-0 win over the Flyers.
Impact: As usual, Sharp has been one of the league's most reliable point-getters. Rumors of his demise appear to have been greatly exaggerated.
News: Saad opened the scoring Tuesday against the Flyers with his first goal of the year, then added an assist on Chicago's third goal in a 2:06 span.
Impact: While Saad is off to a point-per-game start this year with five in five, all of his points have come in two games while he's gone scoreless in the other three. He's highly talented, but he'll need to show more consistency to maintain anything resembling this scoring rate.
News: Kane scored a pair of power-play goals in Tuesday's 4-0 win over the Flyers.
Impact: After a couple quiet games, Kane bounced right back, as he normally does. It's quite likely that when all's said and done, he'll have another point-per-game campaign under his belt.
News: Making his first start of the year, Raanta stopped all 32 shots the Flyers put on goal Tuesday in a 4-0 victory, his second career shutout.
Impact: With Corey Crawford dealing with an upper-body injury, the 'Hawks finally turned to Raanta, and he certainly delivered the goods. Of course, Crawford's been pretty sharp in goal himself, so unless this injury lingers, there's probably not much opportunity for Raanta to carve out a bigger role than what he's got right now.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | STATS
News: The Blackhawks is out with an upper-body injury.
Impact: Antti Raanta will start in his place.
Jeremy Morin - #11 - Left Wing - 6'1" - 192lbs
News: Morin is not expected to dress Tuesday night against the Flyers with the return of Kris Versteeg to the Blackhawks' lineup, CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Morin has been skating the first four games of the season, but the ice time has been minimal while not registering any goals and assists. The most time he skated came against the Sabres was a little more than eight minutes with the rest of the games in the area of six minutes. Morin will see his time, but will need either poor play or injuries to crop up to get back on the ice. In 24 games last season, Morin registered five goals and six assists,
News: The Blackhawks recalled Darling from AHL Rockford on Tuesday.
Impact: Darling was called up to add another goaltender to the roster with Corey Crawford (upper body) sidelined. He owns an impressive 1.89 GAA in 29 career NHL games, but will serve as the backup behind Antti Raanta with the big club.
News: Versteeg (lower body) will play in Tuesday's game against the Flyers, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Versteeg will make his season debut after recovering from a lower body injury that kept him sidelined the last two weeks. He will likely line up as part of the Blackhawks' second line Tuesday night.
News: Crawford is actually dealing with an upper-body injury, not an illness, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: The extent of Crawford's injury is uncertain, but it clouds his status for the Blackhawks' next couple games more than an illness would have. Antti Raanta will start in Crawford's place Tuesday and serve as Chicago's primary goaltender until Crawford is able to get back between the pipes.
News: Crawford will not start Tuesday as expected due to an illness, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: It was announced Monday that Crawford would start Tuesday's game, but he will no longer do so after coming down with the illness. Antti Raanta will get the start in Crawford's place.
News: Raanta will be the starting goaltender in Tuesday's game against the Flyers, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Corey Crawford was originally expected to start Tuesday, but he came down with an illness overnight and will not play, so Raanta will get the start instead. He will take on a Flyers team that has just one win on the season, but is tied for third in the league with 3.40 goals per game.
News: Versteeg (lower body) said that he expects to be in the lineup Tuesday at home against the Flyers, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Versteeg has not played in the Blackhawks' first four games, but is actually ahead of schedule. He skated with the second line on Monday, alongside Patrick Kane and center Andrew Shaw.
News: Crawford will start Tuesday against the Flyers, Chris Kuc of the Chiago Tribune reports.
Impact: Crawford has started every game for the Hawks so far, and will continue to get the majority of the starts, as the team has a light schedule to start the season.
News: Versteeg (lower body) practiced with the team Monday.
Impact: The winger has yet to suit up this season, but will likely be back in action Tuesday against the Flyers. Versteeg skated on the second line at Monday's practice alongside Andrew Shaw and Patrick Kane. If that is indeed how the lines shake out for Tuesday, expect Brandon Saad to be bumped down to the third line and Jeremy Morin to end up watching from the press box.
Sun. Oct 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Crawford made 19 saves in a 2-1 overtime win over Nashville on Saturday night.
Impact: Crawford is off to a strong start, having gone 3-0-1 with a 1.66 goals-against average in four games.
Sun. Oct 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Toews scored a short-handed breakaway goal at 3:26 of overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
Impact: It was the first goal in four games for the Blackhawks captain but he has proved productive with three assists in his prior three contests.
Michal Rozsival - #32 - Defense - 6'1" - 212lbs
News: Rozsival, who missed the first three games of the season with an upper-body injury, made his debut Saturday night and skated a little more than 14 minutes in a 2-1 win over Nashville.
Impact: Rozsival suffered the injury in training camp last month. He blocked a shot and had a couple of hits in his 16 shifts. With no word of an injury after the game, it appears that Rozsival should be good to go moving forward.
Johnny Oduya - #27 - Defense - 6'0" - 190lbs
News: Oduya scored his first goal of the season on Saturday, opening the scoring against Nashville in an eventual 2-1 overtime win.
Impact: With the goal in Chicago's fourth game of the season, Oduya has already reached a third of his projected output. He scored exactly three goals in each of last two seasons. Of course, points are just a bonus for Oduya, whose main value lies in his defensive skills.
News: Toews scored shorthanded in overtime to give the Hawks the win Saturday against Nashville.
Impact: What an effort from Toews, who broke up a pass in the defensive zone before scoring on a breakaway attempt against Carl Hutton. It was the first goal of the season for Toews, who now has four points in four games. It's worth noting, however, Toews has managed just six shots on goal thus far. He's too good to stay quiet on that front, though, with Saturday's goal likely a sign of things to come for this two-way stud.
News: Crawford turned away 19 of the 20 shots he faced in Saturday's overtime win over Nashville.
Impact: Crawford has a terrific 3-0-1 record to start the season and has yet to allow more than two goals in a game. You really can't do much better, especially when you look at the dynamic team playing in front of him. Look for Crawford to rack up 30-plus wins once again this season.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Versteeg (lower body) will be reevaluated by the Blackhawks' medical staff Monday, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Versteeg has been skating for the last few days and joined the Blackhawks for Saturday's morning session, but he's still awaiting clearance to participate in full practices. With coach Joel Quenneville suggesting that Versteeg is ahead of his recovery timetable, it's possible he could be given the go-ahead to practice immediately after Monday's checkup.
News: Versteeg (lower body) was skating before Friday's practice and will be on the ice for morning skate Saturday, CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Versteeg was injured during a practice Oct. 7 and was expected to be out for three weeks, which would put his return at the end of the month. "He skated well today and he feels real good," coach Joel Quenneville said. "He's made significant improvement." If you go by the original timetable, Versteeg would be back for the Oct. 28 game against the Ducks at home.
News: Crawford will start between the pipes Saturday against the Predators, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Crawford allowed two goals on 18 shots in an overtime loss to the Flames on Wednesday. Through three games, the netminder sports a 2-0-1 record with a .920 save percentage and will look to improve those marks Saturday.
Michal Rozsival - #32 - Defense - 6'1" - 212lbs
News: Rozsival (upper body) will be available for Saturday's game against the Predators, NHL.com's Brian Hedger reports.
Impact: It's not certain that Rozsival will return to the lineup Saturday for his season debut, but the demotion of Kyle Cumiskey to AHL Rockford suggests that Rozsival is healthy. The veteran blueliner appeared in 42 games last season, posting a goal and seven assists.
Kyle Cumiskey - #26 - Defense - 5'10" - 185lbs
News: Cumiskey cleared waivers and was assigned to AHL Rockford on Friday, NHL.com's Brian Hedger reports.
Impact: Cumiskey's demotion indicates that Michal Rozsival is healthy and ready to go for Saturday's game against the Predators.
Kyle Cumiskey - #26 - Defense - 5'10" - 185lbs
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Blackhawks placed Cumiskey on waivers Thursday, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports.
Impact: Cumiskey earned a spot on the Blackhawks' roster out of camp, but did not appear in a game and was deemed expendable for the time being. He will head to AHL Rockford if he clears waivers.
News: Saad had three assists in Saturday's win over Buffalo.
Impact: It marked Saad's first-ever three-assist performance.
Duncan Keith - #2 - Defense - 6'1" - 200lbs
News: Keith scored his second goal in Saturday's win against Buffalo.
Impact: Keith will surely slow down from this goal-scoring pace but it's a good sign for fantasy owners.
News: Kane scored his first goal and registered an assist in Saturday's win over the Sabres.
Impact: Kane got off to a good start at the United Center, where he scored only eight of his 29 goals last season.
Marian Hossa - #81 - Right Wing - 6'1" - 210lbs
News: Hossa lit the lamp for the first time this season in a win over Buffalo on Saturday.
Impact: Hossa is looking to build off a 2013-14 season in which he tallied 30 goals - his most since finishing with 40 in 2008-09 with the Red Wings.
News: Sharp scored his second goal in Saturday's win over buffalo.
Impact: Sharp is off to a strong start with two goals and an assist through his first two games.