The Chicago Blackhawks head to the nation's capital as they take on the Washington Capitals tonight. The Blackhawks are coming off a shootout loss last night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tonight marks the return of Jonathan Toews to the Blackhawks lineup. Toews has been out with a lower-body injury.
Brandon Pirri is still out with an undisclosed injury. Pirri is battling for a roster spot, so his health will be a concern as we get closer to the start of the regular season. As reported yesterday, Marian Hossa is out of the lineup and will sit out at least four games. The team is hoping he will be ready to go for the season opener. Defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook will also sit out as they have been given the night off for the second straight game.
In other news, the team announced they have assigned goaltender Mac Carruth to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.
The game tonight against the Capitals will begin at 6 pm. CT and will be aired on CSN-Chicago, as well as the NHL Network-US. Tonight marks the first of three meetings between the two teams in a span of 12 days.
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