The Chicago Blackhawks announced on Friday afternoon that goaltender Kevin Lankinen had been placed in COVID protocols. He joins fellow goaltender Marc-André Fleury on the Chicago COVID list.
MEDICAL UPDATE: Goaltender Kevin Lankinen will not participate in practice today (COVID-19 Protocol).
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) December 31, 2021
Lankinen has made 11 appearances for the Blackhawks this season as the backup to Fleury. He has a 2-5-3 record with an .884 save-percentage and a 3.43 GAA this season.
That leaves the Blackhawks with this season’s goaltending tandem from the Rockford IceHogs healthy in Chicago. Collin Delia will be the starter for tomorrow’s game against Nashville, according to interim head coach Derek King. It will be Delia’s first NHL start of the season. He is 4-4-1 with a .907 save-percentage and a 2.86 GAA in the AHL this season with Rockford.
Backing him up is rookie Arvid Söderblom, who was recently recalled to the Blackhawks Taxi Squad. In his first North American season, Söderblom has made nine appearances with a 4-5-0 record, a .915 save-percentage and a 3.15 GAA.