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Murphy out, de Haan possible for Blackhawks opener vs. Flyers

Chicago to face Philadelphia in 2019 NHL Global Series

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / Staff Writer

PRAGUE -- Connor Murphy is out with a groin injury but Calvin de Haan could play when the Chicago Blackhawks open their regular season against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2019 NHL Global Series at O2 Arena in Prague on Friday (2 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN360, NBCSP, NBCSCH, NHL.TV).

Murphy had 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 52 games last season. The defenseman missed the first 30 games last season with a back injury; he returned on Dec. 9 against the Montreal Canadiens. There is no timetable for his return, but Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said the injury is not serious.

De Haan is fully recovered from shoulder surgery he had in May, but the defenseman also has a groin injury. He is close to returning, Colliton said.

"We still have a couple of days to figure it out," Colliton said. "We definitely don't want to play him before he's ready. That being said, if he's 100 percent, there's no reason to hold him out. We do have [defenseman Dennis] Gilbert here if necessary, but we'll see how it plays out."

Chicago acquired de Haan and forward Aleksi Saarela in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes for goalie Anton Forsberg and defenseman Gustav Forsling on June 25. De Haan had 14 points (one goal, 13 assists) in 74 games with the Hurricanes last season.

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