Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov has been a key player on the team’s second line all season long, but it looks as though he’s going to miss his second game in a row after not making the trip to Montreal with his teammates on Wednesday.
The Blackhawks, who have won eight games in a row, are hitting the road for a brief two-game road trip through eastern Canada, battling the Canadiens on Thursday night and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday. Anisimov didn’t fly with the team to Montreal when they left on Wednesday, and this news follows him missing Tuesday’s victory over the Nashville Predators as he deals with an illness.
In Tuesday’s game, Anisimov was replaced by Teuvo Teravainen on the second line, and while the group didn’t produce a whole lot on the scoresheet, they did display good speed and puck moving ability in the victory.
If Anisimov can’t return for either of the upcoming road games, it’s likely that he would come back on Sunday night when the Hawks welcome the Canadiens to the United Center.