The Chicago Blackhawks took to the ice without winger Kirby Dach for their non-conference matchup against the Buffalo Sabres. Dach is dealing with a non-covid-related illness and was replaced in the lineup by Tyler Johnson, who was activated off the injured reserve after clearing the NHL’s concussion protocol.
Johnson replaced Dach on the third line, skating next to Henrik Borgstrom and Philipp Kurashev.
MEDICAL UPDATE: Tyler Johnson has been activated off injured reserve (concussion protocol).— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) March 29, 2022
Kirby Dach will not play in tonight’s game (non-COVID related illness). pic.twitter.com/dGz63WVma5
Johnson has been limited to 14 games this season, totaling just one goal and two assists. Dach has been more successful, recording 23 points in 63 games, although he hasn’t scored in six games.
Chicago has been playing some of their best hockey of the season over their past four games. The Blackhawks have attempted 10 or more high-danger chances at five-on-five in four straight games, going 2-1-1 over that span.
The lineup adjustments didn’t impact the betting line, as the Hawks closed as -165 favorites after hovering around that range throughout the day. FanDuel Sportsbook has a live line on the game.