After making 40 saves against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night in a 4-3 shootout loss, Kevin Lankinen will be out for about two-to-three weeks with a hand injury he sustained in the game. According to interim head coach Derek King, Lankinen did not tell the trainers or coaches about playing through the injury.
Derek King said initial timeline on Kevin Lankinen’s right hand injury is 2-3 weeks. #Blackhawks
— Carter Baum (@CarterBaum) January 24, 2022
Lankinen was making his first start for the Blackhawks since December 18 and nearly pulled-off the win in what was actually his second appearance in as many nights for Chicago. On Friday night, he came into the game in the second period of the 5-1 loss to the Wild in relief of Marc-André Fleury, making 16-of-17 saves in that appearance.
Chicago has recalled rookie goaltender Arvid Söderblom in his place.
Lankinen has not had the same kind of success he had last season when he broke-out of the trio of goaltenders the Blackhawks rolled in 2021. Lankinen is 2-5-4 this season with a .889 save-percentage and a 3.41 GAA in 13 appearances for Chicago. He is 19-19-9 with a .905 save-percentage in his NHL career over the past season and a half.