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Strome out for Blackhawks game against Predators

Forward has right ankle injury; goalie Lehner expected to be available

by Tracey Myers @Tramyers_NHL / Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Dylan Strome will not play for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Nashville Predators at United Center on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBCSCH, FS-TN, NHL.TV) because of a right ankle injury.

Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said there was no further update on the forward, who was injured after getting tangled up with Calgary Flames defenseman Oliver Kylington 8:16 into the second period of Chicago's 2-1 loss Tuesday. Strome has 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in 40 games this season.

The Blackhawks are also without forwards Brandon Saad (right ankle), Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol) and Andrew Shaw (concussion protocol). Defensemen Brent Seabrook and Calvin de Haan, who each had right shoulder surgery Dec. 27, are out for the season.

"It's been a challenge for our guys and for the most part, [they've] risen to the challenge," Colliton said. "Young players taking on more responsibility, and that's what we've needed. They've been a big part of our success, and of course it'll be good to get a couple of guys back when that does happen. But we've found a way to get points. We would've loved to get two more last night but tomorrow's another big opportunity."

Goalie Robin Lehner had a full practice with the Blackhawks on Wednesday and said he would be ready to start or back up Corey Crawford against the Predators. Lehner (12-7-4, 2.92 goals-against average, .922 save percentage) hasn't played since injuring his right knee against the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 2.

Chicago assigned goalie Kevin Lankinen to Rockford of the American Hockey League.

"Yeah, I'm back, back to full practice, so we'll see when I get the opportunity," Lehner said. "You don't want to be injured. This is our job and our livelihood, you want to be out there and help the team. But injuries are part of the game. You just have to go through them and do the best with it. But I'm happy it wasn't anything worse."

The Blackhawks (19-19-6) are six points behind the Winnipeg Jets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

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