The Chicago Blackhawks will be without their No. 2 goalie for the foreseeable future. Kevin Lankinen landed on injured reserve due to a right hand injury.
In a corresponding move, the team recalled Arvid Soderblom from the Rockford IceHogs.
Kevin Lankinen was just getting back into the swing of things following a stint in COVID Protocol. The Finnish netminder relieved Marc-Andre Fleury in the Blackhawks’ blowout loss vs. Minnesota on Friday night. That game marked Lankinen’s first action in over a month due to late December game postponements and the aforementioned COVID-related absence.
In his relief appearance, the 26-year-old made 16 saves on 17 shots for a save percentage of .941. Interim head coach Derek King turned to Lankinen again on Saturday night, a game in which he made 40 saves on 44 shots (.909 SV%) to help the Blackhawks pick up a point.
As for Lankinen’s replacement, Arvid Soderblom has seen time with the Blackhawks and IceHogs this season. He owns a 6-6-0 record, 3.11 goals-against average, and .914 save percentage in 12 games for Rockford. At the NHL level, Soderblom lost his lone game, making 52 saves on 59 shots (.881 SV%) against Calgary on Jan. 2.
Prior to Saturday night’s contest against the Wild, Marc-Andre Fleury had started eight consecutive games for the Chicago Blackhawks. Expect King to lean heavily on the veteran goalie again now that the Hawks’ primary backup is on the shelf.
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