Chicago Blackhawks Player News: All Positions

News: Caggiula (concussion) will not play in Saturday's game against Colorado, Chris Wescott of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: Caggiula has missed the last nine games with this concussion. The Ontario native began skating on his own March 20 after sustaining the injury Feb. 27. The Blackhawks have a quick turnaround, playing the Avalanche in Colorado on Saturday then in Chicago on Sunday. Caggiula has logged seven points in 21 games since being traded from Edmonton on Dec. 30.
News: Crawford stopped 25 of 27 shots in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Flyers.
Impact: Crawford was good, but Philadelphia's Carter Hart (40 saves) was just better. While Crawford's owners can take some consolation in the fact that Philadelphia's third goal came into an empty net, the regulation loss is a devastating turn for Chicago's slim playoff hopes. Crawford had been avoiding regulation losses with aplomb, posting a 5-0-1 record in the six starts leading up to this one.
News: Crawford is set to defend the cage at home versus the Flyers on Thursday, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Crawford earned the Hawks at least a point in each of his previous six outings, as he is 5-0-1 with a 1.74 GAA over that stretch. If the veteran netminder continues to perform to this level, Chicago could find itself challenging for a wild-card spot. Given what's on the line, it wouldn't be a shock to see Crawford take both games of the team's upcoming back-to-back against Colorado on Saturday and Sunday.
News: Caggiula (concussion) skated on his own prior to Wednesday's practice, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Caggiula is clearly making progress in his recovery from the concussion he sustained Feb. 27 against the Ducks, but he'll need to be cleared for contact and return to practice with his teammates before rejoining the lineup. Another update on the former Oilers' status should surface once that occurs.
News: Keith earned an assist in 24:05 during Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Canucks.
Impact: Keith provided a helper on Erik Gustafsson's equalizer in the third period. The blueliner is up to 35 points (five goals, 30 helpers) in 72 games this season, as well as accumulating 125 blocked shots and 119 shots on goal. He's three points clear of the 32 he posted last season.
News: Toews notched a power-play goal in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Canucks.
Impact: Toews' goal came on four shots in the game, giving him 31 goals and 72 points in as many games this season, as well 202 shots. Toews has picked up 21 points with the man advantage, and five of his goals have been game winners. It's been his best year since 2010-2011, when he registered 32 goals and 76 points.
News: Gustafsson netted a goal on seven shots in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Canucks.
Impact: Gustafsson also added three hits and three blocked shots in a well-rounded outing. The Swedish blueliner is up to 51 points in 69 games (14 goals, 37 assists), although the goal Monday was just his fourth point in eight games in March. He's been a revelation in the fantasy realm for those who can stomach his minus-11 rating.
News: Kane supplied a pair of assists, one on the power play, in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Canucks.
Impact: Kane became the third player over 100 points this season with 41 goals and 60 apples. Kane also set a new career high in shots, with his four Monday giving him 296 for the year. It's safe to say his career high in points (106 in 2015-16) is in danger of being topped if the right wing stays hot to end the year.
News: Crawford made 31 saves on 34 shots but took a 3-2 overtime loss to the Canucks on Monday.
Impact: Crawford still had a solid game, but couldn't stop the unlikely duo of Bo Horvat and Alex Edler, who each had two points to stop Crawford's win streak at five games. Crawford is now 12-15-3 with a 3.06 GAA and a .907 save percentage. The 34-year-old goalie will likely get a chance to get back on track Thursday versus the Flyers.
News: Crawford will patrol the home crease in Monday's game against the Canucks, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Crawford has been perfect in his last five starts, accumulating a 5-0-0 record to go along with a 1.48 GAA and .955 save percentage in that span. The 34-year-old will draw a solid matchup, facing an offense that ranks 26th in goals per game this season (2.67).
News: Caggiula is still in the concussion protocol and won't play in Monday's home game against Vancouver, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Caggiula hasn't taken the ice since Feb. 27, and this news suggests he's still not close to returning. The 24-year-old forward is on pace for his best season of his career, sitting at 18 points in 50 games. Caggiula will still need to clear concussion protocol and skate in practice before returning to the lineup.
News: DeBrincat had two assists in Saturday's 2-0 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: DeBrincat is on a four-game, six-point streak that includes four assists. And he's now sitting at 71 points in as many games. DeBrincat is on pace to top 40 goals in just his second season. You know what to do.
News: Crawford made 48 saves in a 2-0 win over Montreal on Saturday.
Impact: It was his 25th NHL shutout and fifth straight win. Crawford is dialled in -- he has allowed just seven goals in those five games and three in his last four. Get him in your blue paint -- Crawford is back.
News: Crawford (illness) will patrol the crease in Saturday's road game against the Canadiens, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Crawford stopped 17 of 18 shots through two periods during Wednesday's matchup with Toronto, but he was replaced by Collin Delia for the final frame of the game due to an illness. The Blackhawks were able to hold on for a 5-4 win despite unexpectedly losing their starting netminder, handing Crawford his fourth consecutive victory. The Montreal native will look to keep rolling and pick up his 12th win of the season in a road matchup with a Canadiens club that's averaging 3.09 goals per game at home this campaign, 13th in the NHL.
News: Koekkoek has been a healthy scratch for each of the Blackhawks' last three games.
Impact: Chicago's currently riding a four-game winning streak, so Koekkoek may be relegated to the press box until the Blackhawks' current defensive lineup shows signs of a struggle. Once he's reinserted, the 25-year-old will likely replace Gustav Forsling or Carl Dahlstrom.
News: The Blackhawks sent Delia back to AHL Rockford on Thursday
Impact: Delia started his tenure with the Blackhawks strong, but he's really struggled in his recent run of starts, allowing three or more goals in each of his last eight outings. With Cam Ward and Corey Crawford (illness) both presumably good to go for Saturday's matchup with the Canadiens, Delia will return to the minors to fine-tune his game.
News: Ward has fully recovered from a knee injury, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Ward has yet to suit up since Mar. 3, and seems to have finally shaken off the injury bug. The 35-year-old has a 14-11-0 record to go along with a 3.72 GAA and .893 save percentage this campaign. It's unclear if Ward will start Saturday's game in Montreal, but third-stringer Collin Delia was shipped back to AHL Rockford.
News: Strome notched two assists in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Maple Leafs.
Impact: The 22-year-old continues his remarkable turnaround. Strome now has 14 goals and 43 points in 46 games for the Hawks after managing only seven goals and 16 points in 48 career games for the Coyotes, and the third overall pick in the 2015 draft is establishing himself as a franchise cornerstone in Chicago.
News: Saad scored a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Maple Leafs.
Impact: He also chipped in three shots, two hits and a plus-1 rating. Saad had only managed two points (a goal and an assist) with a minus-6 rating in his prior eight games, so this performance was a welcome sight, but the 26-year-old will still need to pick up the pace down the stretch if he's going to reach the 50-point plateau for the fourth time in his career.
News: Perlini scored a goal and added two assists in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Maple Leafs.
Impact: That's back-to-back three-point performances for Perlini, who potted a hat trick against the Coyotes on Monday. The third-year winger only has 12 goals and 19 points on the season, but half that production (seven goals and two assists) has come in the last six games. It's taken a while, but the 12th overall pick in the 2014 draft could finally be putting things together in the NHL.
News: Delia replaced Corey Crawford (illness) to begin the third period Wednesday, stopping 26 of 29 shots in a 5-4 win over the Maple Leafs.
Impact: The 24-year-old entered the game with the Hawks ahead 5-1 and had to withstand a furious comeback attempt by the Leafs, who fired a full game's worth of rubber at Delia in the final 20 minutes. Chicago is off until Saturday, giving both Crawford and Cam Ward (knee) a chance to recover from their ailments, but if either veteran remains sidelined, Delia's latest NHL stint will continue.
News: Crawford felt ill and was replaced by Collin Delia to start the third period of Wednesday's matchup with Toronto, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Crawford made 17 saves on 18 shots prior to being lifted with his team leading 5-1. The Blackhawks don't play again until Sunday in Montreal, so hopefully the time off will allow Crawford to get over this illness.
News: Caggiula (concussion) isn't in the projected lineup for Wednesday's game against Toronto, NHL.com's Dave McCarthy reports.
Impact: Caggiula is still in the NHL's concussion protocol and remains without a clear-cut timetable for his return to game action. The 24-year-old forward will need to return to practice with his teammates before rejoining the lineup, so check back for another update on his status once that occurs.
News: Ward (knee) isn't in the projected lineup for Wednesday's game against Toronto, NHL.com's Dave McCarthy reports.
Impact: Ward is still recovering from the knee injury he sustained March 3 against the Sharks and will have to wait for Saturday's matchup with Montreal for his next opportunity to rejoin the lineup. Collin Delia will continue to serve as Corey Crawford's backup until Ward is cleared to return.
News: Crawford will tend the road goal in Wednesday's contest against the Maple Leafs, Mark Potash of The Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Wednesday will be the first time Crawford has started four consecutive games since December. Crawford has been outstanding in his last three starts, recording a 3-0-0 record to go along with a 1.95 GAA and .934 save percentage. The 34-year-old will have to be on his toes when he faces the fourth best offense in the league in terms of goals per game (3.57).
News: Kurashev signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Blackhawks on Tuesday, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kurashev has been highly productive in the QMJHL this season, racking up 28 goals and 62 points in 57 games. The 2018 fourth-round pick will remain in the juniors for the rest of the campaign, but he'll likely make the jump to the AHL in 2019-20.
News: Crawford made 24 saves on 25 shots in an easy 7-1 victory over Arizona on Monday.
Impact: It hasn't been a great year for Crawford, but he has now posted back-to-back one-goal performances. However, given that his next opponent is the high-octane Maple Leafs, it might be wise to look in another direction Wednesday rather than trust him in that contest.
News: Kahun notched a pair of assists to Brendan Perlini and Patrick Kane, helping his team to a 7-1 win over Arizona on Monday.
Impact: Kahun's first season in Chicago has been full of peaks and valleys, and despite the two assists, this one looks like it's been more of a valley for him, as he's only managed four points in the past month. The numbers will come for him, but he's not there yet, making him a good fit for dynasty leagues.
News: DeBrincat set up a pair of goals Monday, helping his squad earn a dominating 7-1 win over Arizona.
Impact: DeBrincat continues to show why the Blackhawks would be wise to build around him for their next major run at the Stanley Cup, as he's just one point short of being a point-per-game player. Any time Chicago takes the ice, he's a threat to get on the scoresheet.
News: Perlini scored in all three periods Monday, helping his team to a 7-1 rout of Arizona.
Impact: Where did this come from? Perlini had all of three goals for the season at the start of the month and now has six goals in March alone. At this point, there's little to lose in playing him in daily leagues to see if he can keep catching lightning in a bottle.
News: Crawford will tend the twine Monday against Arizona, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Crawford has struggled for most of the season but is coming off a strong performance, stopping 26 of 27 shots in a win over Dallas. Still, his .899 save percentage and 3.31 GAA are by far the worst numbers he's posted in a full season. It's hard to trust him in most fantasy formats at this point in the season.
News: Caggiula (concussion) won't be in the lineup versus Arizona on Monday, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: Caggiula remains on the shelf after suffering a concussion with no clear timeline from the team on when he might return to the ice. The winger will miss his fifth straight game as a result. The Ontario native managed just one point in his previous six contests prior to getting hurt and will offer mid-range fantasy value at best once cleared to play.
News: DeBrincat lit the lamp in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Stars.
Impact: He scored on a breakaway off a pass from Patrick Kane with just 36 seconds remaining in the first period. The game was scoreless for the final 40 minutes, so DeBrincat's goal was good for the game winner. The 21-year-old continues to tear it up as he now has 37 goals in 68 games, putting him on pace for 44 tallies this season.
News: Crawford allowed one goal on 27 shots in a 2-1 victory against the Stars on Saturday.
Impact: Since returning from injury on Feb. 27, Crawford is 3-1-0 but with an .886 save percentage. He's still sitting below .900 in that category despite the excellent performance Saturday, but it's still reassuring that Crawford seems to be regaining his footing. He's had a disappointing season largely due to injury. Crawford is 9-15-2 with a 3.31 GAA and an .899 save percentage in 27 games this season.
News: Crawford will patrol the crease in Saturday's road game against the Stars, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Crawford was a little shaky in his last start Thursday against the Sabres, surrendering four goals on 39 shots, but he ultimately did enough to pick up his eighth win of the campaign. The 34-year-old backstop will look to keep rolling and secure a second straight victory in a tough road matchup with a hot Dallas team that's won four consecutive games.
News: Kampf (foot) registered a minor penalty and empty shot over 12:31 of ice time in Thursday's 5-4 shootout win over the Sabres.
Impact: Kampf missed 12 straight games with an injury to his right foot, but he actually was whistled for a tripping penalty against Buffalo and otherwise saw a typical allotment of minutes. While the Czech skater has certainly had his moments offensively -- with three goals and 13 assists over 51 games -- there's simply too much depth at the forward position for fantasy owners to suddenly want to pick up the bottom-six contributor.
News: Keith scored his fourth of the season in Thursday's 5-4 shootout win against Buffalo.
Impact: The veteran defenseman has 11 points in his last 11 games. On Thursday, Keith opened the scoring in a game that featured eight tallies in all. Ultimately, it would take a shootout to decide a winner, with Chicago winning after all three of its shooters beat Buffalo netminder Carter Hutton.
News: Anisimov scored his 12th and 13th goals of the season in Thursday's 5-4 shootout win over Buffalo.
Impact: Anisimov's second goal of the night tied the game after Buffalo managed to score three times in the middle frame, erasing a 2-0 deficit in the process. Thursday marked Anisimov's first multi-goal game of 2018-19 and moved him up to 31 points through 63 appearances.
News: Toews recorded two assists in Thursday's 5-4 shootout win over Buffalo.
Impact: Thursday's two-point effort gives Toews 13 points over the last 10 contests. Expanding the sample size, since the All-Star break, Chicago's captain has posted 21 points -- seven on the power play -- in 16 appearances. Still, a slightly disappointing facet of Toews' latest performance was his inability to produce on the power play despite logging 7:44 of ice time with the man advantage.
News: Kane posted two assists at even strength in Thursday's 5-4 shootout win over the Sabres.
Impact: Kane's first assist came on Duncan Keith's goal that opened the scoring. The elite forward bagged his second helper roughly 90 seconds later. The two-point performance gives Kane 924 for his career -- all with Chicago -- good for fourth all-time on the franchise points list. This season, the 30-year-old has 96 points in 66 games. It seems a foregone conclusion that Kane will post his second career 100-plus-point campaign.
News: Crawford made 35 saves on 39 shots in Thursday's 5-4 shootout win over the Sabres.
Impact: The shootout win moves Crawford's record to 8-15-2 on the year, to go along with his 3.40 GAA and .897 save percentage. Chicago's preferred netminder continues to dominate Buffalo despite his 2018-19 struggles, moving to 10-0-0 in his career against the Sabres. Chicago will now travel to Dallas to take on the Stars this Saturday.
News: Caggiula (concussion) isn't in the projected lineup for Thursday's game against Buffalo, NHL.com's Scott King reports.
Impact: Caggiula is still in the NHL's concussion protocol and remains without a timetable for his return to game action. The 24-year-old winger has yet to return to practice with his teammates, so he can be considered out indefinitely until that occurs.
News: Crawford will defend the home net Thursday against the Sabres, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Crawford has had a bumpy start in his return to the cage from a long layoff, letting in a combined nine goals in starts last Wednesday and Saturday. After a night off to reset himself Sunday, Crawford will make his first home start since Dec. 16. He'll take on a Sabres club that has lost eight of its last 10 games, averaging 2.50 goals per game over that span.
News: Kampf (foot) will rejoin the lineup for Thursday's game against the Sabres, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Impact: Kampf should slot into a bottom-six role for the Blackhawks upon his return, replacing Dylan Sikura among the forward lines for Thursday's affair. Although his return will bring noticeable forward depth for the Blackhawks, it shouldn't move the needle much for fantasy purposes given his 16 points -- three goals and 13 assists -- through 50 games.
News: Boqvist is second among all OHL defensemen with 19 goals and is one of five league defenders to average more than a point a game (56 points in 50 games).
Impact: Boqvist plays with a real swagger to his offensive game. His passing is precise and confident. His shot is like a whip. And his skating is sublime. He was recently named the OHL defenseman of the month for February. But for as much as his offensive game is NHL ready, Boqvist's defensive game has been a struggle. His gap control, stick use and zone coverage have been consistently inconsistent. And he gives up his own-zone position far, far too easily. Those are issues that all young defenders face, so we're not overly concerned. And Boqvist is a quick study. But he needs to get to a point where he can execute in his own zone instinctively and without thinking, just like he does when the puck is on his stick. That could see Boqvist spending another season with the OHL Knights than with the Blackhawks, so temper your expectations.
News: Kampf (foot) returned to practice Wednesday, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: Wednesday marked Kampf's first practice since sustaining a foot injury Feb. 5 against the Oilers, so although he's probably closer to questionable than probable, there's a chance he may be able to return for Thursday's game against the Sabres. The 24-year-old winger will need to be activated off injured reserve before rejoining the lineup, so another update on his status should surface once that occurs.
News: Johnson signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Blackhawks on Wednesday.
Impact: Johnson has posted solid yet unspectacular numbers in the WHL this season, notching 22 goals and 45 points in 62 appearances. The 20-year-old undrafted free agent will remain with his junior club for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign, but he could make the jump to the AHL next season.
News: Ward suffered a knee injury and will be out 7-to-10 days, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: Collin Delia was emergency recalled from AHL Rockford to fill Ward's spot for the time being. Ward has struggled of late with a 4.33 GAA in the last five outings. He will look to return March 13 for a road game versus the Maple Leafs.
News: The Blackhawks recalled Delia on an emergency basis Tuesday.
Impact: Delia's promotion indicates Corey Crawford or Cam Ward must be dealing with an injury or illness ahead of Thursday's matchup with Buffalo. If Crawford or Ward is unavailable against the Sabres, Delia will likely serve as the team's backup.
News: Gustafsson scored his 13th goal of the season in a 5-2 loss to the Sharks on Sunday.
Impact: Gustafsson didn't waste much time after seeing a four-game point streak end Saturday, recording his 48th point of the season in his 63rd game. Gustafsson also had three hits and three blocked shots in the appearance. The one knock on his play this year is his minus-14 rating, but the defenseman has had a breakout year.
News: Strome potted a goal in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks.
Impact: Strome has recorded at least a point in eight of his last 10 appearances. He had five shots on goal in Sunday's game. Strome has 46 points in 62 games this year, but he's earned 40 of those points in 42 skates with the Blackhawks. If he's still available, he's worth the add, as he's found instant chemistry with Alex DeBrincat on the second line.
News: Ward surrendered four goals on 33 shots in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks.
Impact: The Blackhawks erased deficits in the first and second periods, but the Sharks ran away with the game in the third. Ward dropped to 14-11-4 with a 3.72 GAA and a .893 save percentage. He's given up 21 goals in his last five appearances -- four starts -- and cannot be trusted to produce wins consistently. With Corey Crawford back in the fold, Ward will face pressure for starts for the remainder of the season.
News: Caggiula (concussion) is not in the lineup for Sunday's road contest against the Sharks, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: Caggiula will miss a second game with a concussion. With Chicago having three days off after Sunday's game, the 24-year-old will benefit from extended rest, but he remains a long shot to suit up Thursday at home versus Buffalo. Another update on Caggiula's status should surface in the coming days.
News: Ward will be in goal for Sunday's road contest in San Jose, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: In his last five starts, Ward has posted a 3-2-0 record with a 3.89 GAA and .885 save percentage. Despite being over .500, Ward has not produced stellar individual stats over this most recent five-game sample and will be in tough Sunday, facing a Sharks team that has gone 6-3-1 in its last 10 and ranks second in the league in goals per game (3.58).
News: Perlini scored two goals in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Kings.
Impact: With Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews having a rare off night, Perlini stepped up with some rare offense after spending the prior four games in the press box. The third-year winger only has seven goals and 12 points through 52 games, however, and hadn't lit the lamp since Jan. 1, so don't expect a repeat any time soon.
News: Crawford stopped 19 of 25 shots in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Kings.
Impact: After a solid effort against the Ducks in his return to the lineup, Crawford looked rusty in Los Angeles -- not surprising given his long layoff. With the Blackhawks continuing their road trip Sunday night in San Jose, look for Crawford to get a breather and hand the reins to Cam Ward.
News: Crawford will guard the cage in Saturday's road game against the Kings.
Impact: Crawford was pretty solid in his return from injury Wednesday against Anaheim, stopping 29 of 32 shots en route to a 4-3 victory. The 34-year-old backstop will look to stay sharp and secure his eighth win of the season in a favorable road matchup with a struggling Kings team that's gone 0-6-4 in its last 10 contests.
News: Caggiula (concussion) won't play Saturday against the Kings, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This news comes as no surprise considering Caggiula just suffered a concussion Wednesday against Anaheim. At this point, the 24-year-old winger should be considered a long shot to play Sunday against San Jose, but confirmation on his status for that contest should surface prior to puck drop.
News: Kahun has gone scoreless in his last four contests.
Impact: The 23-year-old pivot is still skating on the Blackhawks' second line and is also locked into a spot on the team's second power-play unit, so Kahun should be able to snap his scoreless streak sooner rather than later.
News: Kunitz has only averaged 6:40 of ice time during his last four appearances.
Impact: The Blackhawks definitely value what Kunitz brings to their locker room as a 15-year NHL veteran, but coach Jeremy Colliton is clearly only comfortable with deploying him in an extremely limited role. The former Penguin will likely continue to average less than eight minutes of ice time per game as Chicago battles for a wild-card spot down the stretch.
News: Forsling was a healthy scratch for Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Ducks.
Impact: Brent Seabrook is now healthy and coach Jeremy Colliton has clearly enjoyed what Slater Koekkoek has brought to the Blackhawks' lineup, so Forsling will likely continue to split time with Carl Dahlstrom as Chicago's seventh defenseman down the stretch.
News: Murphy has registered 20 blocked shots and 23 hits in his last 12 contests.
Impact: Murphy will continue to be a physical force for the Blackhawks down the stretch, but his lack of offensive upside -- eight points in 34 appearances this campaign -- will keep him off the radar in most fantasy formats.
News: Hayden currently leads the Blackhawks in hits with 85 in 47 appearances.
Impact: Hayden will never be a viable fantasy asset, as he's only notched four points while averaging 9:23 of ice time this season, but his physicality and willingness to drop the mitts will continue to make him an attractive fourth-line option for coach Jeremy Colliton down the stretch.
News: Saad registered an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Ducks.
Impact: This was anything but an ordinary apple, as Saad ended up as the primary distributor on Patrick Kane's game-winning goal. Consistently deployed in both special teams situations, Saad has accrued 38 points (21 goals, 17 assists) through 62 games -- including three shorthanded tallies and six total points on the man advantage. He might not be doing enough for owners in shallow leagues, though.
News: Keith recorded an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Ducks.
Impact: Keith is tied with four others for 30th place among NHL defensemen in points (31). According to hockey-reference.com, the Blackhawks only have a 6.4-percent chance of securing a playoff berth, but look for coach Jerry Colliton to continue relying heavily on the three-time Stanley Cup champion in Keith as long as there's a mathematical chance of Chicago extending its season. Keith's compiled three goals and 28 assists between 64 games and 22:54 of average ice time in 2018-19.
News: Strome dialed in a power-play assist Wednesday, though he carried a minus-2 rating along with it in a 4-3 win over the Ducks.
Impact: Strome was the secondary distributor on the first of two goals for sophomore sensation Alex DeBrincat. Chosen third overall by the Coyotes in the 2015 draft, Strome has revived his career with the Blackhawks, as his 38 points (13 goals, 25 assists) are a whopping 22 more than he registered over parts of three seasons in the desert.
News: Seabrook had three hits and four blocked shots in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Ducks.
Impact: In 10 games in February, Seabrook has earned four assists with 19 hits, 25 blocks and 24 shots on goal. He has 23 points in 60 appearances this season altogether, and provides enough in a variety of categories to warrant a look in formats with a larger number of stats counted.
News: Dahlstrom (illness) skated 15:50 in a 4-3 win over the Ducks on Wednesday.
Impact: The second-year defender has only six assists in 28 appearances. He's safe to avoid in fantasy formats as he competes for minutes on the third pairing.
News: Toews fueled a comeback with a pair of assists in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Ducks.
Impact: Toews assisted on goals by winger Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane to flip the result in the third period. Toews' point streak is at seven games, with four goals and six assists in that span. Toews is in the midst of a career year, with 66 points in 65 games. The 30-year-old center is showing he's not done being an elite player in all aspects of the game.
News: Gustafsson notched another pair of assists, one on the power-play, in a 4-3 win over the Ducks on Wednesday.
Impact: Gustafsson has nine assists in his last four games, with four of them coming on the man advantage. The 26-year-old has emerged as a valuable blueliner, with 47 points in 62 games, including 18 points on the power play. The one knock on his stat line is a minus-13 rating.
News: Kane potted a goal on five shots in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Ducks.
Impact: Kane is up to 40 goals this season, trailing only Alex Ovechkin, who has 44. Kane is also second in the league in points with 94, which is 10 back of Nikita Kucherov. Kane saw his 20-game point streak end Sunday, but he's laid the groundwork for another run of productivity.
News: Anisimov's 11th goal of the year came down a man in a 4-3 win over the Ducks on Wednesday.
Impact: The shorty was his first of the season. The Russian winger has 29 points in 60 games this season. Anisimov doesn't typically play a heavy game, and with 108 shots on goal, he's only worth a look in deeper formats.
News: DeBrincat scored two goals, one on the power play, and added four shots in a 4-3 win over the Ducks.
Impact: DeBrincat has been on another level in February, with 11 goals and 10 assists in 13 games, as well as 37 shots on goal. He's up 36 tallies and 64 points in as many games this year. DeBrincat is one of the top young wingers in the league and should continue to improve in the next few years.
News: Crawford (concussion) gave up three goals on 32 shots in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Ducks in his first start since being activated from injured reserve.
Impact: The Blackhawks trailed by a goal for most of the third period, but Alex DeBrincat tied it and Patrick Kane scored the winner with 17 seconds remaining. Crawford's record is at 7-14-2 with a 3.27 GAA and a .902 save percentage. Hopefully, the Canadian goalie will be able to stay healthy for the remainder of the season.
News: Caggiula will not retake the ice Wednesday against the Ducks due to a concussion.
Impact: Caggiula was helped off the ice during the second period after he went face first into the glass, a play that resulted in a game misconduct for the Ducks' Rickard Rakell. The winger would need to progress through the protocol quickly to stand a chance at playing in the second leg of a three-game road trip Saturday against the Kings. If he can't, Brendan Perlini would likely draw in.
News: Dahlstrom (illness) will suit up in Wednesday's road clash against Anaheim, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Dahlstrom missed the last two games with an illness, but was finally deemed healthy enough to return. The 24-year-old has hardly been a fantasy asset this campaign, producing just six assists in 27 games.
News: Perlini will be a healthy scratch for Wednesday's road contest against the Ducks, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Perlini was originally thought to have an undisclosed injury, but that might have been covering up the fact that he was scratched. The 22-year-old hasn't produced this season, only racking up 10 points in 51 games. The Blackhawks will stick with John Hayden as their fourth line right wing.
News: Crawford will guard the cage in Wednesday's road game against the Ducks.
Impact: Crawford has been sidelined for over two months due to a concussion, so he'll likely have some rust to shake off during his return to action Wednesday. However, the Blackhawks couldn't have picked a better opponent for Crawford to face in his first game back, as the Ducks are only averaging 2.16 goals per game this campaign, good for worst in the NHL.
News: Sikura is back with the Blackhawks per the NHL's official media site.
Impact: The 23-year-old was sent down as a procedural move to preserve his eligibility for the Calder Cup playoffs, but will continue to suit up for Chicago. Sikura has been a decent fantasy option lately, as he has three points in his past six games.
News: According to coach Jeremy Colliton, Crawford will make his return to game action at some point during Chicago's upcoming three-game road trip, Chris Wescott of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: Crawford will likely serve as Cam Ward's backup for Wednesday's matchup with Anaheim, but it's safe to assume he'll get the starting nod for Saturday's clash with LA or Sunday's game against the Sharks. The 34-year-old netminder has been sidelined for over two months due to a concussion, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him struggle behind the Blackhawks' putrid defense upon his return from injury.
News: Sikura has surfaced on AHL Rockford's roster, likely as a procedural move designed to make him eligible for the Calder Cup playoffs, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Sikura almost assuredly will move back to the NHL on Tuesday, as he had a firm grip on a top-level role since making his season debut with the Blackhawks on Dec. 12. The Ontario native has 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) over 40 games with AHL Rockford, with nine assists representing his total over 23 NHL appearances.
News: Delia was re-assigned to AHL Rockford on Monday.
Impact: This move clears the path for Corey Crawford to return, as he was activated from injured reserve in a corresponding move. Crawford was out for a while with a concussion, which gave Delia plenty of time to get his first real NHL action. It didn't go great, as the 24-year-old posted a 3.48 GAA and .909 save percentage.
News: Crawford (concussion) was activated from injured reserve Monday.
Impact: Crawford has been out since Dec. 16 after suffering his second serious concussion in recent years. Unfortunately, the 34-year-old wasn't playing well prior to his injury, as he has a 3.28 GAA and .902 save percentage in 23 appearances. However, with only Cam Ward to vie for playing time with, Crawford could see plenty of action down the stretch.
News: Toews scored a power play in a 4-3 loss to the Stars on Sunday.
Impact: The goal extends Toews' point streak to six contests. In that span, he has four goals and four assists with 21 shots on goal and four power-play points. Toews is above a point-per-game pace with 64 points in 63 contests, and he has been playing some of his best hockey of the season since he was paired with winger Patrick Kane.
News: Caggiula scored his 11th goal of the season, but his Blackhawks suffered a 4-3 loss to the Stars on Sunday.
Impact: Caggiula has four goals and two assists in 12 games in February. Individually, that's not too shabby, but he is receiving a chance on a line with center Jonathan Toews and winger Patrick Kane. He has seven points in 20 skates since being traded from the Oilers on Dec. 30.
News: Keith notched two assists in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Stars.
Impact: The veteran blueliner was all over the box score, adding three shots, two hits, two PIM, one blocked shot and a plus-2 rating to his ledger. Keith has racked up a goal and eight points in his last seven games with a plus-6 rating, and his resurgence has helped push Chicago into the fringes of the playoff race. Whether the 35-year-old can keep up this pace for long -- especially since he no longer has a featured spot on the Blackhawks power play -- remains to be seen.
News: Ward stopped 25 of 29 shots in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Stars.
Impact: It's the fourth straight start in which Ward has allowed at least four goals, sending his numbers on the season tumbling to a 3.56 GAA and .894 save percentage. With Corey Crawford (concussion) expected back in action soon, Ward will return to a backup role, and get a rest the 34-year-old seems to need badly.
News: Watson was traded to the Blackhawks from the Kings in exchange for Matt Iacopelli on Sunday, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Watson was drafted in the seventh round of the 2014 NHL Draft and sports some decent offensive upside. Over the last two seasons, he's scoring at roughly a point-per-game pace at the ECHL level. The 22-year-old is still a bit undersized and not yet ready for the NHL, but he should move to the AHL in a full-time capacity by next season.
News: Perlini (undisclosed) will not suit up for Sunday's game against Dallas, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Perlini has missed the last three games and it's possible that he's just a healthy scratch at this point but it hasn't been confirmed. There hasn't been an update on his health since he skated with the team Friday.
News: Kruger (foot) will play in Sunday's game versus the Stars, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Originally deemed a game-time decision after injuring his foot while blocking a shot Friday, Kruger will slot back onto the fourth line. He adds a solid defensive presence but doesn't add much in the offensive zone with just nine points in 55 games.
News: Dahlstrom (illness) won't suit up for Sunday's game versus the Stars, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Dahlstrom will miss his second straight game due to this sickness. He's not leaving offensive production on the table with no points over the last nine outings, and his absence will keep Slater Koekkoek in the lineup.
News: Seabrook (abdomen) will play Sunday versus the Stars, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Seabrook has missed the last three games but has shaken the injury. His point production is satisfactory lately with four points in the last eight games, and his extra efforts make him more valuable with a plus-5 rating, 16 shots on net and 19 blocked shots in that span.
News: Ward will tend the home twine in Sunday's game versus the Stars, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Ward has marked wins in seven of the last eight games, but he's seen his save percentage fall to .860 over the last three outings. Dallas enters this contest with the 29th-ranked offense at 2.51 goals per game, but it just acquired Mats Zuccarello, who could reinvigorate the unit. Still, tread lightly utilizing Ward in the fantasy realm, as his recent performances haven't been promising.
News: Coach Jeremy Colliton is hopeful that Kruger (foot) will be able to play Sunday against the Stars, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: Kruger exited Friday's loss to the Avalanche after blocking a shot with his foot, but it appears as though he's probably just battling soreness. Another update on the Swedish forward's status should surface prior to puck drop Sunday afternoon.
News: The Blackhawks reassigned Jokiharju to AHL Rockford on Saturday.
Impact: Chicago clearly doesn't think Jokiharju is ready for a regular NHL role, as he only logged 9:14 of ice time during Friday's 5-3 loss to the Avalanche after being recalled on an emergency basis, so he'll remain in the minors for the foreseeable future. He may be recalled towards the end of the campaign if the Blackhawks are able to sneak into the playoffs, but he won't have any fantasy value down the stretch.
News: Kane scored a goal in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: He could have had an even bigger night, firing an incredible 13 shots on net in total, but Semyon Varlamov came as close to neutralizing Kane as any goaltender in the last seven weeks. The 30-year-old's point streak now stands at 20 games, with an incredible 17 goals and 43 points over that stretch, and his 39 goals and 93 points on the season has him second in the NHL in both categories.
News: Delia stopped 26 of 30 shots in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Colorado's final goal was scored into an empty net. Delia continues to struggle, allowing at least three goals in seven straight starts, and the rookie's 4.39 GAA and .878 save percentage over that stretch make him an all but certain roster casualty when Corey Crawford (concussion) is finally ready to return to action.
News: Kruger injured his foot during Friday's game versus the Avalanche and won't return, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kruger blocked Tyson Barrie's shot and immediately went to the room. The 28-year-old pivot doesn't have a major fantasy impact with just nine points in 54 games, but he's a fixture on the Blackhawks' fourth line. The Blackhawks now have just 11 healthy forwards, so they'll likely need to promote a forward from AHL Rockford before Sunday's game versus the Stars.
News: Perlini (undisclosed) won't play in Friday's game versus the Avalanche, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Perlini missed Wednesday's game versus the Red Wings due to an illness but rejoined the team and took line rushes during Friday's morning skate. It's unclear if he had a setback with his illness or if he's simply a healthy scratch.
News: Dahlstrom (illness) won't play in Friday's game versus the Avalanche, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Dahlstrom is an occassional healthy scratch, but he's suited up in the last six games. Due to his absence, recently recalled Henri Jokiharju will slot into the lineup. Dahlstrom's next chance to play will be Sunday versus the Stars.