Chicago Blackhawks Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Gustafsson won't play in Tuesday's road game versus the Jets due to an illness, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: Gustafsson was heating up with three goals and five points in the last seven games. The Blackhawks host the Penguins on Wednesday, so Gustafsson is in danger of missing two straight if he can't shake the sickness. His absence will allow Jan Rutta to enter the lineup.
News: Ward will start between the pipes Tuesday against the Jets in Winnipeg, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Ward will take to the crease for the front end of the Blackhawks' back-to-back set Tuesday and Wednesday. He's ceded the last four starts in the crease to Corey Crawford and has just seven appearances under his belt since Oct. 21. In that span of sporadic action, Ward has managed just a 3.77 GAA and an .895 save percentage, so there's a decent chance the Winnipeg club, averaging 3.56 goals per game at home this season, will light up the veteran netminder.