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Blackhawks Lose Kevin Lankinen to COVID Protocol

Collin Delia will likely start in net vs. Nashville with the Blackhawks’ top two goalies in COVID Protocol.

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As the Chicago Blackhawks prepare for their first game in two weeks, there are several questions surrounding their goalie situation. The team announced top netminder Marc-Andre Fleury entered COVID Protocol on Monday. On Friday afternoon, Kevin Lankinen joined Fleury in the protocol.

Interim head coach Derek King doesn’t expect Fleury to travel with the team to Nashville. And even with the NHL shortening its isolation period, Lankinen entering protocol today will likely make him unavailable for the Hawks’ next three games.

Who Will Man The Net?

With the top two options sidelined, Collin Delia will likely see his first NHL action of the season when the Blackhawks visit Nashville on Saturday. The team recalled Delia from the AHL Rockford IceHogs when Fleury entered protocol. He owns a 4-4-1 record, 2.86 goals-against average, and a 90.7 save percentage in nine games for the IceHogs this season.

Below Delia on the depth chart, the Blackhawks added Arvid Soderblom to the active roster from the taxi squad. He will back up Delia for the time being.

The Blackhawks also signed Cale Morris to an NHL contract and added him to the taxi squad.

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