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The Blackhawks have sent Luke Johnson to Rockford (AHL).

Johnson failed to record a point in three games with the Blackhawks this season. The 24-year-old heads to Rockford, where he had 13 goals and 17 assists (30 points) in 73 games last season. His return to the AHL opens up a roster spot for the Blackhawks to activate Corey Crawford (vertigo) from IR for Thursday’s start.

Source: Chris Wescott 10/18/18, 12:45 pm EST

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Crawford will make his season debut on Thursday.

Crawford will be making his first start since December 23rd, 2017. He has been out for for nearly 10 months with vertigo-like symptoms, but returns with a quality matchup tonight vs. the Coyotes. Arizona ranks fourth in the NHL in shots per game (35.6) but dead last in goals per game (0.60) through their first seven games of the season.

Source: @NHLBlackhawks 10/18/18, 12:29 pm EST

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Crawford is in the starter's crease at the Blackhawks morning skate.

Crawford will be making his first start since December 23rd, 2017. He has been out for for nearly 10 months with vertigo-like symptoms, but returns with a quality matchup tonight vs. the Coyotes. Arizona ranks fourth in the NHL in shots per game (35.6) but dead last in goals per game (0.60) through their first seven games of the season.

Source: Tracey Myers 10/18/18, 11:50 am EST

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Ward will start Saturday in Minnesota.

Ward allowed four goals on 46shots in the Blackhawks’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Wild on Thursday. Ward stood tall in the Blackhawks’ crease, but has now allowed at least three goals in each of his starts this season—a combined 18 goals on 135 shots (.867 SV%). He will be taking on a Blues team that has started the season 1-1-1 while averaging 3.33 goals for per game.

Source: Eric Lear 10/12/18, 2:09 pm EST

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Ward will start Thursday in Minnesota.

Ward allowed seven goals on 34 shots in the Blackhawks loss to the Maple Leafs on Sunday. Ward was lit up by Toronto and has now given up 14 goals on 89 shots (.843 SV%) in his first three starts with the Blackhawks. The veteran has not looked good with Chicago and should be left on the waiver wire for now.

Source: Jessi Pierce 10/11/18, 2:55 pm EST

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Ward will start Sunday vs. the Maple Leafs.

Ward allowed four goals on 30 shots in the Blackhawks overtime win in St. Louis. Ward is off to a 2-0 starts despite allowing a combined seven goals on 55 shots (.873 SV%). He is a bad option tonight vs. a strong Maple Leafs team, especially on no rest.

Source: Tracey Myers 10/7/18, 6:20 pm EST

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Ward will start Saturday in St. Louis.

Ward gave up three goals on 25 shots in the Hurricanes overtime win in Ottawa on Thursday. It was a decent start to the year for the veteran netminder, who is filling in for an injured Corey Crawford. He draws a more difficult task tonight against a Blues team that is looking to bounce-back from a 5-1 opening night loss.

Source: Eric Lear 10/6/18, 5:32 pm EST

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Forsberg suffered an undisclosed injury in the morning skate and will not be available on Thursday.

Forsberg had to be helped off of the ice during the Blackhawks morning skate and will not be available to backup Cam Ward tonight. Forsberg will eventually be the Blackhawks’ No.3 netminder when Corey Crawford is healthy. Colin Delia will meet the team and serve as their No.2 in Ottawa.

Source: Eric Lear 10/4/18, 12:44 pm EST

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Ward will make his Blackhawks debut in Ottawa on Thursday.

Ward spent the first 13 seasons of his NHL career in Carolina, where he had a 2.70 GAA and .909 SV% across 668 games. This summer he signed with the Blackhawks, where he projects to be Corey Crawford’s backup when Crawford gets healthy. He will be a very risky option over the course of the season, but if you can’t trust him vs. the Senators, you’ll never be able to trust him.

Source: Tracey Myers 10/2/18, 11:53 pm EST

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The Blackhawks reassigned Dylan Sikura to Rockford (AHL).

Sikura was among the final cuts from Blackhawks camp, leaving the team with 13 forwards. Sikura was expected to be a key contributor in an otherwise thin Blackhawks’ bottom-6, however a lacklustre training camp will see him start the season in Rockford. The 23-year-old is coming off of a 54 point (22G / 32A) in 35 game season at Northeastern University.

Source: Charlie Roumeliotis 10/1/18, 6:20 pm EST

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