The Chicago Blackhawks
have activated goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin
from injured reserve and have reassigned goaltender Antti Niemi
to the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs.
Khabibulin, who has notched four wins in his last five appearances, leads the Blackhawks with a 2.37 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage while accruing a 17-5-5 mark in 29 games. The 36-year-old netminder last appeared on Feb. 11, when he notched 36 saves on 37 shots in Chicago's 3-1 win at the Atlanta Thrashers
. He has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 18 of his 29 appearances this season.
The Sverdlovsk, Russia native is three victories shy of recording the 10th 20-win season of his career and has registered 291 wins (291-264-58) in 665 career regular-season contests over the course of his 13-year NHL tenure.
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