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Artem Anisimov questionable for Blackhawks on Friday

Chicago center has lower-body injury, may not play against Capitals

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks might not have injured center Artem Anisimov when they play the Washington Capitals at United Center on Friday (8:30 p.m. ET; CSN-CH, CSN-DC+, NHL.TV).

Anisimov is questionable after sustaining a lower-body injury in a 2-1 overtime win at the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.

The second-line center didn't practice Thursday after being removed in the second period Wednesday and not returning.

Anisimov is tied for second in the NHL with 17 points (eight goals, nine assists), one point behind Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets, and is tied for fourth in goals.

"[Wednesday] night, when you're looking at lines we mixed them up quite a bit over that stretch [he missed] and we've had several line changes to date, different guys and different situations as we've gone along here," coach Joel Quenneville said Thursday, "We'll get a little more educated in what the options are. Obviously, [if he's out], you're missing a guy that has had a tremendous start for us in all areas of our team game. So, we're still hopeful that he could play."

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Anisimov's NHL career-high point streak ended at 11 games, which was the longest in the League this season.

Quenneville hasn't disclosed much about the injury but said he doesn't think it will be a long-term issue. The Blackhawks play the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday in their final home game before departing on the annual "Circus Trip" to Western Canada and California.

Captain Jonathan Toews, right wing Marian Hossa and defenseman Duncan Keith also missed practice Thursday, but none is injured.

Rookie forward Nick Schmaltz or center Marcus Kruger could center Chicago's second line if Anisimov can't play, said Quenneville, who added that forward Vinnie Hinostroza, who has been scratched the past three games, is likely to play regardless of Anisimov's availability.

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