Description: Chicago center Andrew Shaw (lower body) will miss Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals Wednesday against the Kings, according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Shaw (two goals, two assists this postseason) suffered a lower body injury in the first game of Chicago's second-round series and hasn't played since. He wanted to play Wednesday but will be held out by coach Joel Quenneville.
Description: Chicago left wing Brandon Saad opened the Western Conference Finals Sunday with two points and a +1 rating.
Insight: So far, he's delivered three goals and six assists in his first 13 postseason appearances. The Blackhawks are now just three wins away from clinching their second straight Western Conference title.
Description: Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad had two goals Sunday against the Wild.
Insight: Saad had zero goals and four assists in Chicago's first-round series against the Blues, but he's put up three points (two goals, one assist) in the Blackhawks' first two games against Minnesota.
Description: Chicago left wing Bryan Bickell found the net twice in Friday's win against the Wild.
Insight: The Blackhawks' offense has been firing on all cylinders and Bickell has been a major part of the team's success. In his last four games, Bickell has four goals, one assist and a +1 rating. During that span, he's fired 14 shots on goal.
Description: Chicago left wing Patrick Sharp was in a giving mood Friday against the Wild.
Insight: He assisted on both of Patrick Kane's goals in the third period. The Blackhawks have outscored opponents 19-8 over the last five games. Not surprisingly, they've won all five of those contests.
Description: Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane lit the lamp twice in Friday's series-opening win over Minnesota.
Insight: He now has two multi-goal games in his last four appearances. Kane is tied with Colorado's Paul Stastny for the league-lead in goals this postseason (five each) and is fifth in total points (eight).
Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews is probable for Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals Friday against Minnesota after dealing with an illness that forced him to miss Thursday's practice session.
Insight: Toews is a major piece of the Blackhawks offense with 28 goals and 40 assists in 76 games this season. He also added seven points in six first-round playoff games.
Description: The Blackhawks will be without defenseman Brent Seabrook for three games after the NHL suspended him for his charging hit on David Backes of the Blues in Game 2. SOURCE: Tracey Myers, csnchicago.com
Insight: Seabrook was ejected from Game 2 and Chicago lost in overtime, putting the defending Stanley Cup Champions down 2-0. Seabrook had a goal and an assist in each of the first two games of the series after producing 41 points (seven goals, 34 assists), 149 SOG and a +23 rating during the regular season.
Description: Chicago coach Joel Quenneville says that Jonathan Toews (arm) will miss the rest of the regular season but is expected to be "100 percent" for the playoffs, according to the Blackhawks on Twitter.
Insight: Toews took a monster hit from Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik on Sunday and suffered an arm injury. Chicago will play its final six games without Toews and Patrick Kane (lower-body).
Description: Chicago coach Joel Quenneville doesn't believe Jonathan Toews' arm injury is serious. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Toews took a monster hit from Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik last night and had to leave the game. Chicago doesn't play again until Thursday so he will have a few days to recover. The Blackhawks have already clinched a playoff spot but they'll need to pass San Jose in the standings in order to secure home ice for the first round.
Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews left Sunday's game with an upper-body injury.
Insight: Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik absolutely leveled Toews into the boards in the second period. Toews appeared to hit both his right shoulder and his head. Chicago is already without Patrick Kane for the rest of the regular season so it cannot afford to lose Toews.
Description: Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell (upper body) will not play Tuesday against the Stars, but he will travel with the team for its upcoming three-game road trip. SOURCE: Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune
Insight: Tuesday will be the third straight game Bickell (10 G, 2 A) has missed.
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa could return to the lineup later this weekend. SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times
Insight: Hossa has missed Chicago's last three games with an upper-body injury. The team has lost two out of three during his absence. Hossa is one of five Blackhawks with at least 50 points this season.
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (upper body) could return to skating next week and play the following week, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Hossa (24 goals, 26 assists) left last Saturday's game against Pittsburgh with an upper-body injury and was given a timetable of 2-3 weeks, so this is only an update to note that Hossa is on schedule. Brandon Saad has taken Hossa's place on the top line in the interim and had an assist and five SOG Thursday.
Description: Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw went berserk Thursday in a win against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: It's good to know Shaw (two goals, four shots, +3) still exists after going almost two months without scoring. Thursday was Shaw's second multi-goal effort of the season. We'll see if the resurgence continues Sunday versus Buffalo.
Description: Don't look now. Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews is heating up.
Insight: Toews contributed two goals in Thursday's win against Columbus. That gives him five tallies in his last three appearances. Toews' +24 rating this season ties him with Anaheim's Hampus Lindholm for 15th in the league.
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (upper body) will miss 2-3 weeks, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Hossa (24 goals, 26 assists) left Saturday's game against Pittsburgh with the injury. The 35-year-old has provided 50 points (24 goals), 193 SOG and a +25 differential in 57 games this season. His injury will allow Brandon Saad to join Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp on the top line.
Description: Even a blizzard couldn't stop Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews from scoring two goals Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: In case you weren't able to watch, this game was played outside at Soldier Field. Toews also assisted on Patrick Sharp's goal in the first period. This was just Toews' second game since winning gold with Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics.
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (flu) will play Sunday against Winnipeg, according to Tracey Myers of csnchicago.com.
Insight: Keith was probable for the game so this isn't a surprise. With 46 points (three goals), 131 SOG and a +19 differential in 52 games this season, Keith has been one of the top defensemen in fantasy.
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa came up big with two goals on eight shots Friday against the Ducks to help Chicago win 4-2 over the NHL's top team.
Insight: The Blackhawks are now four points behind Anaheim for first in the Western Conference with 73 points. Hossa has generated at least one point in four straight games with four goals and six points in that span.
Description: Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder on Tuesday. He'll be out for the rest of the season. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet Chicago
Insight: His recovery timetable is 4-to-5 months. The 40-year-old wouldn't have been a factor had he been healthy anyway. Khabibulin is buried behind Corey Crawford and Antti Raanta on the team's depth chart.
Description: The Blackhawks have decided to keep goalie Antti Raanta over veteran Jason LaBarbera. LaBarbera was assigned to AHL Rockford Saturday, according to blackhawks.nhl.com.
Insight: Starter Corey Crawford returned from a lower-body injury on Thursday, leaving Chicago with three goaltenders. Raanta was named the co-winner of the NHL Rookie of the Month award in December and is 11-1-3 with a 2.27 GAA and a .911 SV% this season. He'll stay up as Crawford's backup.
Description: Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp notched his second hat trick in the last five games Friday at New Jersey.
Insight: Sharp has been ridiculously hot over his last 13 games, scoring 14 goals with 21 points in that span. The 32-year-old has 25 goals and 45 points in 44 games this season. He's now a +22 after registering a +4 differential Friday.
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook scored his fifth goal of the season Thursday against the Islanders.
Insight: Chicago's top-two defenseman, Duncan Keith and Seabrook, have combined for eight goals and 68 points this season. Seabrook has 29 of those points to go with 80 SOG and a +19 differential in 43 games.
Description: Chicago goalie Corey Crawford will start Thursday against the Islanders after missing nearly a month due to a lower-body injury. SOURCE: Scott Powers, espnchicago.com
Insight: Crawford has been out since Dec. 8. He's 17-6-3 with a 2.47 GAA and a .907 SV%. Rookie Antti Raanta started the last 10 games and is 10-1-3 with a 2.21 GAA and a .913 SV% this season, but he'll go back to a bench role.
Description: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews generated two goals and two assists in Friday's lopsided win over the Avalanche.
Insight: And he did it in just 16:51 of playing time, the second-fewest minutes he's logged in a game this season. Toews (15 goals, 23 assists) is having another terrific year for Chicago and should continue to put up about a point per game as the season rolls on.
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith had two assists and three SOG Tuesday to snap a three game scoring drought.
Insight: Keith put together an eight-game points streak from Nov. 19 to Dec. 3 and has one goal, 26 assists, 84 SOG and a +15 in 33 games. He ranks second among defensemen and 27th overall in Yahoo! leagues.
Description: Kris Versteeg has scored two goals with five assists and 22 SOG in 12 games since Florida traded him to Chicago.
Insight: Versteeg, who is in his second stint with the Blackhawks, had the same exact goal and assist total in 18 games with the Panthers, but he was a -9 compared to a +2 with Chicago. He's not a good fantasy option in most leagues.
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa had a goal and one assist Saturday against the Coyotes.
Insight: Hossa missed three games this month due to an injury and two while his wife was ill in the hospital, but as usual he produced when in the lineup. He finished with six goals and 10 points in 10 November games.
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (lower body) is probable for Thursday's game against Winnipeg.
Insight: Hossa was a late scratch Saturday due to a lower-body injury and missed two more games as well. He's been a very good asset for fantasy owners with 15 points (9 G, 6 A) and plus 12 rating and 75 SOG in 19 games.
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (lower body) will remain out of the lineup for a third straight game Tuesday against Colorado.
Insight: Hossa was a late scratch Saturday due to a lower-body injury and missed Sunday's game as well. He's been a very good asset for fantasy owners with 15 points (9 G, 6 A) and plus 12 rating and 75 SOG in 19 games.
Description: Blackhawks backup goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin left Saturday's game in the first period due to an undisclosed injury. He was replaced by Corey Crawford.
Insight: The 40-year-old Khabibulin left the ice hunched over, according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune. Khabibulin made just three starts previously this season and allowed 12 goals in 152 minutes.
Description: Blackhawks backup goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will draw the start Saturday at Nashville.
Insight: The 40-year-old Khabibulin has made just three starts previously this season and allowed 12 goals in 152 minutes (4.73 GAA). Even against a Predators team that has lost four straight games and scored two goals total in that span, he's not a good play Saturday.
Description: Kris Versteeg will play with Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell in his Blackhawks debut Saturday night.
Insight: The Blackhawks traded two prospects to the Panthers for Versteeg and Philippe Lefebvre Thursday. The 27-year-old Versteeg played on Chicago's 2009-10 Stanley Cup winning team. He had two goals, seven points and a -9 in 18 games with Florida this season.
Description: Chicago center Andrew Shaw agreed to a two-year contract extension on Tuesday. SOURCE: Bob McKenzie, TSN
Insight: He'll earn $2 million annually. Shaw still has a year left on his current deal, which means he won't become a free agent until 2016. In 18 games this season, the 22-year-old has netted four goals with seven assists.
Description: Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp scored his first goal of the season Tuesday against Carolina.
Insight: Sharp had 154 goals in 371 games (0.42 per game) from 2007-08 to 2011-12, but he only had six in 28 games during an injury-plagued 2012-13 season. He still took a ton of shots, but scored on a career-low .068 percent of them. He has one on 22 shots in the first six games this season.
Description: Blackhawks backup goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will get his first start of the season Friday against the Islanders.
Insight: Corey Crawford has started Chicago's first three games and is 1-1-1 with a 2.93 GAA and an .890 SV%. The 40-year-old Khabibulin went 4-6-1 with a 2.55 GAA and a .923 SV% in 12 appearances with the Oilers last season but isn't likely to be as valuable backing up Crawford as Ray Emery was last season.
Description: Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad has two goals and four points in the first two games this season.
Insight: Saad's fantasy value took a hit when the team abandoned plans to have him center the second line of Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa, but the 20-year-old is off to a great start anyway. Two of his points have come on the power play.