The Chicago Blackhawks have had no luck in recent weeks when it comes to injuries, with players like Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Michal Rozsival among those who are currently missing, and they got more bad news on Thursday as it was revealed that Johnny Oduya was a late scratch with a lower body injury.
During the game, Oduya was replaced by Sheldon Brookbank, who skated on a defensive pairing with Niklas Hjalmarsson to begin the contest. David Rundblad also got into the lineup starting the game with Nick Leddy.
After the contest, a 3-2 shootout victory for the Blackhawks, head coach Joel Quenneville said that Oduya is considered “day-to-day” with the injury, but he will not rejoin the team on Friday night when they head to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets.
Quenneville told the media that Oduya “didn’t feel right” when he took pregame warm-ups. Oduya had missed the team’s practice on Wednesday, but it was assumed that it was a maintenance day, as guys like Patrick Sharp didn’t skate either during the practice. Quenneville didn’t rule out the Swedish-born defenseman from Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Blues.
The Blackhawks should get one of their blue liners back for the Friday tilt with the Blue Jackets though, as Rozsival is expected to make his way back into the lineup. Odds are that he’ll slot in with Leddy on the third pairing, with occasional jumps up to the second pairing with Hjalmarsson to spell Brookbank in that spot.