Blackhawks fall to Flames; MacKenzie Entwistle injured, Lukas Reichel sent down

The Blackhawks have modified not less than one ingredient of their ahead traces nearly each recreation because the commerce deadline, experimenting with all kinds of trios in an effort to uncover some hidden chemistry.

And after a 5-2 loss Monday to the Flames, extra modifications are inevitable because the Hawks put together for his or her last multigame street journey of the season.

Lukas Reichel will likely be despatched again to Rockford to assist the IceHogs’ playoff push, interim coach Derek King stated. Which means his rookie NHL season is probably going over after 11 video games.

MacKenzie Entwistle, in the meantime, suffered an harm to his proper shoulder and gained’t go on the journey. Nor will Kirby Dach, who’s ‘‘feeling higher however not fairly prepared,’’ King stated. These three absences imply the Hawks, who had been carrying loads of wholesome scratches, will gown a considerably completely different lineup Wednesday in opposition to the Coyotes.

‘‘You simply circulation with it,’’ ahead Sam Lafferty stated in regards to the frequent line shuffling. ‘‘We’re attempting issues proper now to see what works and what mixtures are going to assist the crew win. A number of instances it’s mid-game, looking for the suitable combo on the proper time.’’

Sadly, the brand new combos haven’t precisely helped them win too usually. The loss Monday was the Hawks’ tenth of their final 11 video games.

The Flames, who made ex-Hawk Ryan Carpenter a wholesome scratch in his return to Chicago, took the lead 22 seconds in and led from wire to wire. The Hawks settled into the sport, getting unlikely objectives from Tyler Johnson (his first since synthetic disc substitute) and Alec Regula (his first within the NHL), however two empty-netters by the Flames inflated the ultimate rating.

‘‘We performed all proper at instances — all 12 months we’ve been doing that,’’ Johnson stated. ‘‘[But] we make the sport too troublesome at instances, [and] good groups make you pay for that.’’

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