There was no morning skate today, hence no media access to any players or coaches.
But I’m told by a team official that Mikko Rantanen’s return tonight is “still the plan”, although there was one caveat: “We’ll see later.”
I think Rantanen will be in, folks. I wouldn’t stress about it. But I guess it isn’t 100 percent, positively official just yet.
I came to the rink anyway, maybe because I have no life, and there were some guys who skated, including…Gabe Landeskog…in a regular jersey.
Look, see for yourself:
Landeskog took a lot of shots on Philipp Grubauer, the presumed starter for tonight (that’s not official, just presumed). Matt Calvert was the other guy skating with them, and Calvy was wearing a regular jersey too, so that’s great news.
As I wrote yesterday, it looks like Landeskog is going to be back sooner than the Christmas time forecast I originally made. Maybe much, much sooner. He won’t play tonight, though.
There are a couple of new injuries on the Blackhawks to report: Duncan Keith (groin) and Dylan Strome (concussion) both are out for tonight.
Talk to you guys later…