OTTAWA, Ontario — Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov will be sidelined for three to four weeks with a left leg injury.
Anisimov got hurt in the first period of Chicago’s 4-2 win at Montreal on Tuesday night. He had to be helped from the ice after Canadiens forward Alexander Radulov fell on the back of his leg in a corner behind the Chicago goal.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Anisimov was day to day after the victory against the Canadiens. He provided a longer timetable for Anisimov’s return on Wednesday.
The Blackhawks have won nine of 11 heading into Thursday night’s game against Ottawa. With Anisimov out, rookie Nick Schmaltz likely will center Chicago’s second line with wingers Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin.
“Both times when (Anisimov) went out I thought (Schmaltz) did an excellent job in that role and that spot,” Quenneville told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s a great opportunity playing with two special players and he filled in. He was responsible both sides of the puck, had the puck a lot and did a lot of good things. Hopefully he can take advantage of a good (personal) situation.”
Anisimov has 22 goals and a career-high 45 points in 64 games this season.