Announcement: Blackhawks announce two last-minute roster moves before tonight's 7PM puck drop
BY SKY NOVEMBER 19, 2023 (5:30 PM)
Zaitsev's return to action follows a brief hiatus, with the veteran defenseman having been absent since last Thursday. During this period, he missed two games, leaving a noticeable gap in the Blackhawks' blue line.
So far this season, Zaitsev has participated in only five games, spending the remaining eight as a healthy scratch. Despite the limited appearances, he managed to contribute with a lone goal, two penalty minutes, and a solid +4 rating. This marks Zaitsev's first full season with the Blackhawks after being acquired via trade in February of the previous year.
Expected to rejoin the lineup promptly, Zaitsev's veteran presence will be crucial, especially with the Blackhawks currently fielding two left-shot rookie defenders, Isaak Phillips and Wyatt Kaiser, as part of their third pairing.
The team's decision to reassign Filip Roos to the AHL indicates a strategic move to balance experience and youthful vigor within their defensive lineup. Zaitsev's return is eagerly anticipated, and fans can witness the defensive shuffle in action during the upcoming matchup against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night. Stay tuned for more updates on the Blackhawks' blue line dynamics.
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