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At the Rink: Blackhawks at Flames

by Aaron Vickers

CALGARY -- The Chicago Blackhawks will be without forward Marko Dano because of an illness Friday as they continue a six-game road trip against the Calgary Flames (7-12-1) at Scotiabank Saddledome (9 p.m. ET; CSN-CH, SNW).

"He's not feeling good today," Blackhawks (11-7-1) coach Joel Quenneville said.

Dano participated in Chicago's optional practice Thursday but did not skate with the team Friday. Andrew Shaw will replace Dano on a line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.

"[Shaw] gives us some offense; gives us some personality on the line as well," Quenneville said. "Playing against top lines and top defense so there's always important shifts as far as both sides of the puck, and I think he can add something to that line to get some consistency in that line. That's what we're looking for."

Shaw has two goals and five points in 19 games this season.

"I'm going to work hard, go to the net, go to the dirty areas, win puck battles and do whatever got me here," he said.

The Blackhawks also will be without forward Teuvo Teravainen, who sustained an upper-body injury in a 4-3 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday, which started Chicago's annual "Circus Trip." Teravainen is expected to miss a couple of games.

Andrew Desjardins, who has been a healthy scratch the past three games, is expected to take Teravainen's spot in the lineup.

"I just have to stay mentally prepared and just stay focused on what's made me successful and try to do that when I get back in," Desjardins said. "I'm going to try to be that aggressive, hard-nosed guy that I can be and just to help out the team as much as I can to get a win."

The Blackhawks already hold one victory against the Flames this week, winning 4-1 at United Center on Sunday.

Calgary coach Bob Hartley singled out the loss in a stretch where he's seen improvement from his team.

"We definitely have adjustments to make," Hartley said. "We've worked on certain parts in practice. At the same time, over the past 10 games that was the game where we didn't really execute it the way that we wanted. We can talk about adjustments all that we want, but it's about playing our game. We've played quite a few very good games in the past 10 games and that's what we want to build on."

Calgary is 2-3-0 in its past five games but has won three straight at Scotiabank Saddledome.

"There's good energy in the rink and the guys are feeling great about themselves," Hartley said. "Right now, in our situation, it's not about the big picture. It's all about one game at a time. I know it sounds cliché but that's the way that it is."

Here are the projected lineups:


Andrew Shaw - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa

Artemi Panarin - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane

Brandon Mashinter - Marcus Kruger - Andrew Desjardins

Viktor Tikhonov - Tanner Kero - Ryan Garbutt

Duncan Keith - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Trevor van Riemsdyk - Brent Seabrook

Trevor Daley - Michal Rozsival

Scott Darling

Corey Crawford

Injured: Teuvo Teravainen (upper body), Marko Dano (illness)

Scratched: David Rundblad


Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Jiri Hudler

Sam Bennett - Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik

Joe Colborne - Matt Stajan - David Jones

Brandon Bollig - Josh Jooris - Micheal Ferland

Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie

Kris Russell - Dougie Hamilton

Deryk Engelland - Dennis Wideman

Karri Ramo

Joni Ortio

Injured: Lance Bouma (broken leg), Jonas Hiller (lower body)

Scratched: Ladislav Smid, Mason Raymond

Status update: With Dano out, Tikhonov will play for the first time in five games. … Ramo will make his 10th consecutive start for the Flames, who held an optional skate but are expected to have the same forward lines and defense pairings used in a 3-2 win against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

Who's hot: Kane has 10 goals and 14 assists during a 14-game point streak. He leads the NHL with 13 goals and 30 points. … Panarin has five goals and five assists during a six-game point streak. He leads all rookies with 21 points. … Jones, who leads the Flames with seven goals, has four goals in the past five games.

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