DETROIT -- Chicago Blackhawks rookie Marcus Kruger (concussion) will get back into the lineup for Saturday afternoon's game against the Detroit Red Wings (12:20 p.m., NBC). Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he won’t likely start him off in the same role he held before getting hurt on Dec. 26 -- when he was centering the second line between Sharp and Hossa.
"He's ready to play," Quenneville said. "We're very happy the way he played with us. We'll see how he's progressing and maybe he'll work his way up (the lineup)."
Corey Crawford will start in goal for the Hawks, while Jimmy Howard will start for Detroit -- which trails Chicago by two points in the Central Division, but could leap to the top spot with a win because of a better points percentage with one less game played.
Here's how the lineups might look like for the Blackhawks and Red Wings:
Viktor Stalberg - Jonathan Toews - Patrick Kane
Jimmy Hayes - Dave Bolland - Marian Hossa
Andrew Shaw - Marcus Kruger - Michael Frolik
Bryan Bickell - Jamal Mayers - Andrew Brunette
Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Nick Leddy - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Sean O'Donnell - Steve Montador
Johan Franzen - Pavel Datsyuk - Danny Cleary or Todd Bertuzzi
Valtteri Filppula - Henrik Zetterberg - Jiri Hudler
Drew Miller - Darren Helm - Jan Mursak
Cory Emmerton - Justin Abdelkader - Tomas Holmstrom
Nicklas Lidstrom - Ian White
Niklas Kronwall - Brad Stuart
Jakub Kindl - Jonathan Ericsson
Bertuzzi is a game-time decision (back/groin). If he plays, Mursak likely will sit and Cleary will go back to RW on the third line.