GLENDALE, AZ – With a team already struggling with injuries in the middle of a difficult three-game stretch against Western Conference contenders, they got a little more bad news on Thursday morning.
MEDICAL UPDATE: Defenseman Calvin de Haan (right shoulder) has been placed on Injured Reserve retroactive to Dec. 10. #Blackhawks
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) December 12, 2019
Defenseman Calvin de Haan, who injured his right shoulder in a 5-1 loss to Vegas on Tuesday, is headed to injured reserve and will be unavailable for at least the next week.
It’s a difficult hit for Jeremy Colliton, considering that he’s already dealing with a major injury on the blue line as Duncan Keith remains on the injured reserve as well. de Haan, who was acquired through a trade with the Hurricanes, has played in 29 games this season, sporting a plus-10 rating with a goal and five assists.
But while he losses de Haan, Colliton is going to get another offseason acquisition back on defense after his recent absence.
Olli Maatta said he will return to #Blackhawks’ lineup tonight vs. Coyotes.
— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) December 12, 2019
Out of the lineup with an illness the last four games, Olli Maatta returns to the lineup tonight as the Blackhawks face the Coyotes in Glendale. Since coming to the team from the Penguins in a trade last summer, Maatta has played in 27 games with a goal and seven assists, and now he’s back to add depth before a tough stretch for the Blackhawks.
After losing to the Golden Knights 5-1 on Tuesday in Las Vegas, they’ll face the Coyotes on Thursday night just five days after losing in a shootout at the United Center. The much-improved Arizona team, who is tied for third in the Western Conference with 40 points, will be followed on Saturday with a match-up with the Blues, who have 42 points on the season.
Having a full strength defense would be nice for that match-up, but for now, the Blackhawks will take having at least one player back on Thursday evening.