Blackhawks activate Khabibulin

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Blackhawks activated goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin from the injured reserve list on Wednesday.

Khabibulin, who has a 17-5-5 record with a 2.37 goals-against average this season, has been sidelined for a month due to a groin injury. He hasn't played since February 11 at Atlanta, but is three victories shy of recording the 10th 20-win season of his career.

The Blackhawks opened a roster spot for Khabibulin by reassigning goaltender Antti Niemi to the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs.

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