Hawks Headlines: Saad, Regin Looking to Step Up in Sharp's Absence

The Chicago Blackhawks will hit the ice on Friday night when they take on the Washington Capitals. There will be some changes to the lineup, and we cover everything you’ll need to know in this edition of Hawks Headlines.

-We start out with Mike Spellman, who discussed the Hawks’ latest call-up, Peter Regin, as well as second line winger Brandon Saad. Both players will need to step up in a big way in Patrick Sharp’s absence. [Daily Herald]

-Niklas Hjalmarsson is without question one of the toughest guys on the team, and he continues to prove it after taking a puck to the face against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He did make one adjustment to his gear however to compensate: he’s wearing a visor now. [Chicago Tribune]

-The Blackhawks partnered up with Gowanda to create a series of animated drills and practice plans for hockey coaches to use. If you’ve ever wanted to know how Joel Quenneville runs his practices, this is a good way to find out. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

-Joakim Nordstrom was recently named captain of the Rockford IceHogs, and Scott Powers did a nice job of profiling him as he adjusts to the mantel of leadership that’s been placed on his shoulders. [ESPN Chicago]

-Finally, we have an interesting video for you to watch of an 11-year old Japanese hockey player who will likely blow your mind with his skills. [TSN Bardown]

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