Lankinen, 24, holds a 7-7-1 record with a 3.17 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage this season with Rockford. He was named a 2020 AHL All-Star for the first time in his career on Friday. Lankinen won four of his first five games on the year, combining for a 1.99 GAA and .937 save percentage during that span. He led Rockford to points in a season-high five straight games with a record of 4-0-1 from Oct. 30-Nov. 23. The netminder set an AHL franchise record with 55 saves on 56 shots in a 2-1 overtime win against Milwaukee on Dec. 10.
Last season, the Helsinki, Finland native made his North American professional hockey debut with the IceHogs on Oct. 5, 2018 vs. Cleveland. He posted a 7-8-4 record during the 2018-19 campaign with Rockford, recording a 2.50 GAA and a .910 SV%. In 27 career AHL games, Lankinen holds a 12-10-5 record with a 2.50 GAA and a .915 SV%.
Signed by Chicago on May 21, 2018, Lankinen posted career-best marks in GAA (1.33) and SV% (.946) in 15 games with HIFK of the Finnish Elite League during the 2017-18 season. He also appeared in 13 postseason contests with a 1.99 GAA and a .936 SV%, helping his club to a Liiga bronze medal.
The Blackhawks will host the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the United Center. That game can be seen on NBCSN, streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app and heard on WGN Radio and on WRTO-AM 1200 (Spanish).