Ahead of tonight’s game between the Blackhawks and the Montreal Canadiens in Chicago, the Blackhawks announced a number of roster moves. Forward Dylan Strome and Kirby Dach have been placed in COVID protocols, while Lukas Reichel, Brandon Hagel, and Sam Lafferty have been added to the active roster.
#Blackhawks make it official: Dylan Strome and Kirby Dach are in COVID-19 protocol.
Brandon Hagel and Sam Lafferty moved to the active roster. Same with Lukas Reichel, who was previously on taxi squad.
— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) January 13, 2022
Reichel is set to make his NHL debut tonight for the Blackhawks (that’s exciting, but remember, don’t expect him to play more than nine games with Chicago this season), while Hagel and Lafferty are coming out of COVID protocol.
Dach has skated in all 36 games this season for the Blackhawks, ranking sixth on the team in points with 14. He is averaging 19:34 minutes per game this season, a career-high and the sixth-most on the team this season, third among forwards behind Patrick Kane and (first-time All-Star!) Alex DeBrincat.
Strome has played in 26 games for the Blackhawks this season, tallying three goals and ten points while averaging 14:10 minutes per game. He had three assists in his last four appearances for Chicago.