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At the Rink: Kings at Blackhawks

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com

CHICAGO -- Marian Hossa and Bryan Bickell will not play for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Los Angeles Kings at United Center on Monday, but Marko Dano will.

Hossa is sidelined with a lower-body injury that Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville thinks will be short term. Bickell was assigned to Rockford of the American Hockey League and Dano was recalled from Rockford on Monday prior to Chicago's morning skate.

"I think organizationally, we wanted to have Dano up here and give him a chance to play," Quenneville said. "It's always a tough day when you tell a guy like [Bickell], who's been around for a while, that he's got to go down. But that's the business we're in."

Bickell hasn't played in the AHL since 2009-10, when he emerged as one of Chicago's top prospects. He had two goals and two assists in five games during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 49 years.

Bickell played a much bigger role in Chicago winning the Cup in 2013 with nine goals and eight assists in 23 games, including two game-winning goals. The Blackhawks signed Bickell to a four-year contract extension worth a reported $16 million, but he hasn't provided the production they hoped to receive.

Bickell had seven goals and three assists in 10 playoff games during the Blackhawks' 2014 run to the Western Conference Final against the Kings, but five assists in 18 games during the 2015 postseason. Bickell said he dealt with effects of vertigo during the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, which lagged into the offseason.

Quenneville said Monday that Bickell, 29, is no longer battling health issues. Bickell cleared waivers Oct. 3, in the preseason, which gave the Blackhawks 30 days or 10 games to re-assign him without having to put him through the process again.

"I don't think he was happy," Quenneville said. "I think when he went on waivers that day, he knew this day could happen, and it happened. So, he was obviously disappointed."

Dano, who has 35 games of NHL experience, will start at left wing on a third line that features rookies Tanner Kero at center and right wing Ryan Hartman. Coming into training camp, Dano shifted at left wing on the top line with captain Jonathan Toews and Hossa.

Artemi Panarin will play that role Monday, with Teuvo Teravainen moving to the second line to play with Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane.

Dano, Kero and Hartman played together briefly in Rockford, and Quenneville is hoping some chemistry carries over.

"As a group, they're all young guys who have speed, energy, can all make plays and they had success down there," Quenneville said. "Right off the bat here, I think there's something there. They can score and bring some speed to our lineup as well. Defensively, they all have a purpose to their game, so they can help us in ways."

The Kings held an optional morning skate. Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, who left Los Angeles' previous game after he was boarded by Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro, participated. He is expected to play.

Goalie Corey Crawford will start for the Blackhawks. Jonathan Quick is expected to start for the Kings.

Here are the projected lineups:

KINGS

Tanner Pearson - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown

Milan Lucic - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli

Marian Gaborik - Nick Shore - Trevor Lewis

Kyle Clifford - Andy Andreoff - Jordan Nolan

Brayden McNabb - Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez - Jake Muzzin

Christian Ehrhoff - Derek Forbort

Jonathan Quick

Jhonas Enroth

Scratched: Jamie McBain, Jordan Weal

Injured: Matt Greene (upper body), Dwight King (lower body)

BLACKHAWKS

Artemi Panarin - Jonathan Toews - Ryan Garbutt

Teuvo Teravainen - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane

Marko Dano - Tanner Kero - Ryan Hartman

Andrew Desjardins - Marcus Kruger - Andrew Shaw

Viktor Svedberg - Brent Seabrook

Trevor van Riemsdyk - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Trevor Daley - Erik Gustafsson

Corey Crawford

Scott Darling

Scratched: Viktor Tikhonov, David Rundblad

Injured: Duncan Keith (knee), Marian Hossa (lower body), Michal Rozsival (left ankle)

Status report: It appears Gustafsson will play in his second straight game for the Blackhawks. ... The Kings will not have McBain, whose wife, Liz, delivered their first child on Monday. Forbort will enter the lineup and play the right point on the third pairing.

Who's hot: Toews has four goals in his past four games for Chicago, including two in a 5-4 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Friday. ... Lucic has a point in five straight games (two goals and four assists) for the Kings.

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