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Chicago Blackhawks Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Martinsen (back) isn't in the projected lineup for Thursday's game against the Coyotes, NHL.com's Scott King reports.
Impact: Martinsen will miss a fourth consecutive game, and the Blackhawks have yet to release any information regarding a potential timetable for his return. Either way, the 28-year-old winger has only notched one goal in 11 NHL appearances over the past two seasons, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to track his availability.
News: Johnson was reassigned to AHL Rockford to Thursday, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This move was made in order for the Blackhawks to activate No. 1 goaltender Corey Crawford (concussion) from injured reserve. Perhaps Johnson will return to the big stage in the event of injuries to the parent club's forward group.
News: Crawford will patrol the blue paint versus the Coyotes on Thursday.
Impact: Crawford will be making his first start in nearly 10 months after suffering a concussion back on Dec. 23. It's hard to know what to expect out of the Montreal native after such a lengthy absence, but fantasy owners will no doubt be hoping he can return to the 50-plus game, 30-plus win performer he was from 2013-17. In order to create room on the 23-man roster for Crawford, the team will send Luke Johnson down to the minors, rather than netminder Anton Forsberg.
News: Entwistle has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Blackhawks. The deal is worth $925,000 annually.
Impact: The 19-year-old winger is averaging a point per game (six goals, four assists) with OHL Hamilton. Drafted by the Coyotes (2017 third-rounder), Entwistle was traded to the Blackhawks this past July in a deal that saw the 'Yotes take on the dead money from Marian Hossa's contract. Entwistle should already be drawing interest from owners in dynasty leagues, particularly because the prospect is now one step closer to turning pro.
News: Crawford (concussion) is expected to start in goal Thursday against the Coyotes, but a final decision on his status won't be made until after morning skate, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Impact: As long as Crawford doesn't suffer any setbacks during morning skate, it appears as though he'll finally make his long-awaited return against Arizona. Confirmation on the veteran netminder's status should surface Thursday morning.