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Blackhawks place Crawford on injured reserve

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have placed goaltender Corey Crawford on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Dec. 3.

Crawford has posted a 12-6-2 record in 20 games played this season with a 2.27 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and two shutouts.

The Blackhawks host the Arizona Coyotes tonight at 7:30 p.m. The game can be seen on CSN, streamed live on CSNChicago.com (CSNChicago.com/BlackhawksStream) and the NBC Sports App and heard on WGN Radio and Univision America (WRTO 1200 AM).

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Blackhawks to honor Larmer with One More Shift

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks will host their second edition of "One More Shift," an ode to past alumni that allows fans to recognize them one more time as they skate on the ice, when they host New York Rangers on Friday, Dec. 9.

Former Blackhawks forward Steve Larmer will be the second honoree to join the 2016-17 team on the ice during the anthem after the starting lineup has been announced on Friday. In addition to skating on the ice in full gear, in-arena elements will also feature Larmer and the era he played in. Blackhawks Ambassador Denis Savard was the first alumni honored with "One More Shift" on Sunday, Nov. 13, when the Blackhawks hosted the Montreal Canadiens.

Larmer played 13 of his 15-year National Hockey League career with the Blackhawks and currently ranks fourth in team history in points (923), third in goals (406), fifth in assists (517) and seventh in games played (891). Chicago's sixth-round pick (120th overall) in the 1980 NHL Draft, Larmer won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1983 as the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the NHL after posting 90 points (43G, 47A) in 80 regular-season games; he was also named to the NHL All-Rookie team that season. The two-time All-Star played in 884 consecutive games with the Blackhawks from 1982-93, setting an NHL record for most consecutive games played with the same team. The streak also marks the third longest consecutive-games streak in league history. Larmer, a Peterborough, Ontario, native, won the 1994 Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers. He finished his career with 1,012 points (441G, 571A) in 1,006 regular-season games and 131 points (56G, 75A) in 140 Stanley Cup Playoffs games. He also played for Team Canada at the 1991 Canada Cup and led the tournament in goals (6) and ranked second in points (11).

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Blackhawks look for return to win column vs. Arizona

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

The Blackhawks will continue their homestand on Tuesday with their first meeting of the season against the Arizona Coyotes. Chicago suffered a 2-1 loss to Winnipeg on Sunday, marking just the third time this season that the team has dropped two games in a row and the club's first home regulation loss since the season opener on Oct. 12. Artemi Panarin scored his 10th goal of the season, connecting beautifully once again with linemate Patrick Kane and reaching the 100-point marker in just his 107th NHL outing.

The Blackhawks will try to get back into the win column against the Coyotes, whom they've dispatched routinely over recent years, going 9-1-2 in their last 12 meetings. While Chicago is still holding onto first place in the Central, Arizona has been mired at the bottom of the Pacific Division almost from the beginning of the season; the Coyotes have gone 0-2-2 in their last four games, and overall the results point to subpar team defense and goaltending (35.4 shots allowed per game, 30th NHL and 3.13 goals allowed per game, 29th NHL).

The Coyotes arrive in Chicago after suffering a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday, getting outshot 34-18 and letting in two power-play goals on six shorthanded stints.

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Prospect Report: DeBrincat surges past 50 points

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

On Mondays, chicagoblackhawks.com will highlight players who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college or European teams in the previous week's action. All prospect/system stats will be updated weekly throughout the season.

1st Star: RW Alex DeBrincat, Erie Otters (OHL)
The Line: 4GP, 5G, 5A

DeBrincat reached another level for Erie last week in the Ontario Hockey League, picking up points in all four games with the Otters. The 2016 second-round pick posted a five-point game in a 9-2 win over Mississauga on Tuesday, notched assists in the next two games and collected three more points (2G, 1A) in a 6-1 win at Owen Sound on Sunday. DeBrincat now has a seven-game point streak and is averaging a career-best 2.15 points per game this season with 56 in 26 outings.

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Blackhawks Magazine Excerpt: Between Old Friends

by Bob Verdi / Team Historian

The following is excerpted from the December 2016 issue of Blackhawks Magazine, previewing the Winter Classic matchup between Chicago and St. Louis. Pick up a copy at the next Blackhawks home game, or by calling the Blackhawks Store at 312-759-0079.

Last spring's triumph was a huge salve for the Blues, who were ousted by the defending champion Blackhawks in 2014 in the first round. St. Louis had thought that might be its time to win an elusive Cup, and the Blues won the first two sudden-death thrillers. Moreover, Brent Seabrook was suspended for three games-a serious playoff penance. But the Blackhawks then won four straight, and the Blues were devastated. Following that comeuppance, St. Louis Head Coach Ken Hitchcock hailed the "resolve" and "character" of the Blackhawks.

When they visited the Blues back in November and won a taut 2-1 overtime contest for a seventh straight victory, Hitchcock was asked how the Blackhawks could start the 2016-17 season so briskly with six rookies on the roster. He responded: "Big dogs bite."

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Blackhawks recall Johansson, assign Schmaltz

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled goaltender Lars Johansson from the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs and assigned forward Nick Schmaltz to Rockford.

Johansson, 29, has registered a 6-7-1 record in 16 games with one shutout, a 2.63 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. The Avesta, Sweden, native made his AHL debut on Oct. 14 at Cleveland; he registered his first AHL win on Oct. 21 at Grand Rapids. Johansson spent the previous three seasons with Frolunda HC in the Swedish Hockey League, posting a 56-27-0 record with 11 shutouts in 93 games. During the 2015-16 season, he recorded a league-leading 1.74 GAA alongside a save percentage of .927 while going 27-6-0. Johansson picked up league honors for Goalie of the Year last season as Frolunda captured the league championship. In 10 playoff games last season, Johansson recorded a 1.27 GAA with a save percentage of .934. Johansson also played professionally in Sweden's Allsvenskan league with Mora IK (2008-11) and VIK Vasteras HK (2011-13).

Schmaltz, 20, has collected four points (1G, 3A) in 26 games with the Blackhawks this season. Schmaltz made his National Hockey League debut on Oct. 12 vs. St. Louis and notched his first career NHL goal three games later against Nashville on Oct. 15. The Verona, Wis., native was selected by the Blackhawks in the first round (20th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

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Blackhawks statement on Corey Crawford

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks have released the following statement on goaltender Corey Crawford.

Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry: "Corey underwent a successful appendectomy today in Philadelphia. We anticipate a full recovery and for Corey to return to unrestricted hockey activities in 2-3 weeks."

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Corey Crawford to undergo appendectomy

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks have released the following statement on goaltender Corey Crawford.

Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry: "Corey presented this morning with acute appendicitis. He is undergoing an appendectomy today at a Philadelphia hospital. We are anticipating a full recovery and return to play. We will provide details regarding the timeline of his return after we have more information about the surgery."

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TVR set to return for the Blackhawks in Philadelphia

by Emerald Gao / chicagoblackhawks.com

Saturday's tilt in Philadelphia will be a quick trip, a matinee matchup that leads right into a four-game homestand beginning Sunday. The two teams met earlier his season on Oct. 18, a wild back-and-forth affair that ended 7-4 for Chicago. The line of Artem Anisimov (2G, 2A), Patrick Kane (1G, 3A) and Artemi Panarin (2G, 1A) were the big contributors that night.

Jonathan Toews will miss his fifth consecutive game with a reported back injury on Saturday. The team is being cautious with their captain, although he did skate on Friday before the team flew out. Toews was also placed on IR retroactively to make room for defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who has been cleared to return to the lineup tomorrow.

The Flyers have put together a three-game win streak, although they find themselves just at the edge of the Wild Card picture in the Eastern Conference with a 12-10-3 record overall, with only 9 regulation or overtime wins (which would factor into a tiebreak situation). Philadelphia was last in action on Tuesday, notching a 3-2 overtime win in Ottawa after recovering from a 2-0 deficit. The Blackhawks needed extra time to secure a 4-3 victory against New Jersey on Thursday, making it a run of three games that have required overtime.

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Blackhawks activate van Riemsdyk, place Toews on IR

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have activated defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from injured reserve and placed forward Jonathan Toews on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 24.

Van Riemsdyk has appeared in two games for the Blackhawks this season. His last appearance came on Oct. 21 at Columbus and was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 5. Toews has scored four goals and tallied eight assists in 21 games played this year.

The Blackhawks travel to Philadelphia to face the Flyers on Saturday at noon CT. The game can be seen on WGN-TV and heard on WGN Radio AM-720.

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