Blackhawks F Panarin to return to lineup against Ducks

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Artemi Panarin #72 of the Chicago Blackhawks reacts after scoring an empty-net goal against the Winnipeg Jets in the third period of the NHL game at the United Center on December 6, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

CHICAGO — Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin is expected to play Saturday night against Anaheim after missing two games with an illness.

Panarin participated in Chicago’s optional morning skate, and coach Joel Quenneville says the rookie will be in the lineup against the Ducks.

The 24-year-old Panarin, who has played on Chicago’s second line with Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane for most of the season, is second on the team with 34 assists and 52 points. The Blackhawks dropped both games while he was out.