Niklas Hjalmarsson has been suspended for the remainder of preseason play and for the home opener against St. Louis for his hit the other night on St. Louis’s Ty Rattie. Hammer hit Rattie high, shoulder to head, which was immediately followed by a scuffle with the Blues’ line. The NHL ruled that the hit on Rattie was illegal and handed down the suspension. The Hawks would go on to win that game against the Blues 4-0.
The Hawks played in Detroit on Sunday and it wasn’t a particularly spectacular night in net for Chicago as Nalimov and Johansson split time and let up three goals each, allowing the Wings to get a lead that the Hawks couldn’t come back from. Brandon Mashinter, Dennis Rasmussen, and Alexandre Fortin each put a goal on the card for the Hawks. The Hawks seemed to be lacking and they couldn’t seem to get much going early enough and Chicago would go on to lose the game 6-3.
The Hawks came home to the Madhouse on Madison tonight for another game against the Red Wings, coming out strong offensively and defensively. Corey Crawford had a shutout going halfway into the second period before switching out with Scott Darling, who gave up the only Wings goal of the night in the second period. Ryan Hartman opened up the scoring in the first period and Hinostroza following up with another. The Hawks were hot offensively and kept it up the whole game with Panik, Schmaltz, Fortin, and Anisimov each tallying a goal in the game as the Hawks rolled over Detroit with a final score of 6-1.