Kirby Dach and Dylan Strome were added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list, meaning neither of them will be able to play against the Canadiens. In their absence, Lukas Reichel, Brandon Hael and Sam Lafferty were moved to the active roster:
Kirby Dach and Dylan Strome have been placed in COVID protocol and are out for tonight’s game. #Blackhawks officially also adding Lukas Reichel, Brandon Hagel and Sam Lafferty to the active roster. https://t.co/6a4kRqkapo
— Carter Baum (@CarterBaum) January 13, 2022
Chicago has three games left in the next five days: it plays the Anaheim Ducks home on Saturday before hitting the road to face the Seattle Kraken next Monday and the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. Depending on how their stints in protocol go, Dach and Strome can can return for that game on Tuesday. If not, the next targeted return leg for them would be at home next Friday against the Minnesota Wild.
In 36 games this season, Dach has six goals and eight assists – a season that has been a struggle for the former No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Strome, who was #3 overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, has been in and out of the lineup all season, appearing in just 26 games with three goals and seven assists.
Their absence could lead to a bigger role for Reichel, the number 17 of the Blackhawks in the 2020 NHL Draft, who will make his NHL debut against the Canadiens on Thursday night.
[UPDATE] In other news, the Blackhawks have one all-star player, although a second could join:
Alex DeBrincat is #Blackhawks All Star Representative.
Seth Jones is the ‘Last Man In’ candidate.
— Brandon Cain (@brandonmcain) January 13, 2022
Here’s Jones’s competition:
The “Last Man In” All-Star Team Vote For The Central Division Is Going To Be A Massacre:
Roman Josi (!)
Nazem Kadri (!!)
Phil Kessel (!!!)
Jason Robertson (!!!!)
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) January 13, 2022