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Two Out of COVID-19 Protocol, Lankinen to Start for Blackhawks

The Blackhawks received two players off of COVID-19 protocol. It also appears Kevin Lankinen will start for the team on Sunday against Detroit.
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JANUARY 22: Kevin Lankinen #32 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a save against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center on January 22, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

On Sunday, the Chicago Blackhawks received some good news. Erik Gustafsson and Ryan Carpenter are out of COVID-19 protocol. However, Patrick Kane remains in COVID-19 protocol, yielding concern amongst Blackhawks fans.

Kane likely will not suit up on Sunday night for the Blackhawks. However, if Kane misses any significant time, the already struggling Blackhawks could be in big trouble moving forward.

In addition to the Kane news, the Blackhawks reportedly had goaltender Kevin Lankinen in the starter's net on Sunday. If the Finnish goaltender starts on Sunday night, it'll be the second straight game the Blackhawks have turned to Lankinen over Marc-Andre Fleury.

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So far this season, Fleury is 0-3 with a 5.63 goals-against average (GAA) and .840 save percentage. As for the 26-year-old Lankinen, he sports an 0-1-1 record with a 2.91 GAA and .884 save percentage. Its a small sample size, but the intended backup Lankinen has outperformed the Vezina Trophy winner from a year ago.

The Blackhawks welcome the Detroit Red Wings to the United Center on Sunday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CDT. You know the drill Blackhawks fans, Detroit sucks.