Blackhawks place D Franson on IR with upper-body injury

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) makes a save on a shot by New York Rangers' Ryan McDonagh (27) as Cody Franson also defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have placed defenseman Cody Franson on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.

Franson has missed Chicago’s last two games. The Blackhawks also lost defenseman Jan Rutta to an upper-body injury in the second period of Tuesday night’s 3-2 overtime win against Florida.

Defenseman Ville Pokka was promoted from Rockford of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Pokka had three goals and nine assists in 26 games with the IceHogs.

Chicago has won three in a row heading into Thursday night’s game at Winnipeg.