In Saturday night's loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks forward Reese Johnson left the game with an apparent injury. The bad news came today that the Blackhawks will send Reese Johnson to injured reserve with a broken clavicle.
Johnson has appeared in 18 games so far this season and has three assists plus a lone goal. He's a -3 on the season, and although he notched his third assist last night against Toronto, he was a -1 before leaving the game.
In light of Johnson being sidelined for a while, the Blackhawks have some room on the roster now. They recalled forwards Brett Connolly and MacKenzie Entwistle from Rockford. They also sent Mike Hardman down as part of the corresponding moves. Blackhawks interim head coach Derek King is in the process of manipulating starting lines and will undoubtedly spread out his roster accordingly.
MacKenzie Entwistle has scored twice in 12 games this year, in addition to adding an assist. He's a -4 on the year and averages about 11 minutes of ice time per game.
The Blackhawks' next game is Monday night when they host the Calgary Flames. They sent Reese Johnson to IR and will be without his services while he heals. The elevation of Connolly and Entwistle fills out the roster after they moved Hardman down as they seek getting back into the win column.