Just 18 hours after the Blackhawks topped Detroit in overtime, the prospects face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs as the first game of the day at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament.
The Leafs were 6-2 winners over St. Louis in their tournament opener and the winner of this afternoon's game would take a big lead in the division standings and the hopes to play in the championship on Tuesday.
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In Friday's win, Nicholas Robertson found the net twice for Toronto, while Teemu Kivihalme, Colt Conrad and Giorgio Estephan added a goal and an assist each. The second period saw a the Maple Leafs score five goals in a 12-minute span, nearing the Blackhawks four-goal output in 9 minutes against Detroit.
The Leafs power play went 4-for-7 on the night and Chicago's penalty kill could be put to the test once again after allowing three power play goals on Friday.
Blackhawks held an optional morning skate Saturday morning with the short turnaround, but IceHogs head coach Derek King said after Friday's win he expected to rotate in some of the players who didn't dress against Detroit while keeping the likes of Kirby Dach, Adam Boqvist and other top prospects rolling off the win. Sean Johnson, Isaac Nurse, Jake Ryczek and Nick Kossoff were the four scrathes in the opening game.
2019 Prospect Tournament Schedule
|Fri., Sept. 6 ||6 p.m. ||vs. DET ||W, 5-4 (OT) |
|Sat., Sept. 7 ||2 p.m. ||vs. TOR ||Watch |
|Mon., Sept. 9 ||4:30 p.m. ||vs. STL ||-- |
|Tues., Sept. 10 ||TBD ||TBD ||-- |
|Date ||Time (CT) ||Opponent ||Info |