The defending Stanley Cup champion Hawks have been battered by injuries so far this season -- Marian Hossa, who had seven goals in the first 11 games, is out with an upper-body injury -- but they will get defenseman Brian Campbell back from a knee injury tonight.
Campbell hasn't played a game yet this season and the Hawks have leaned heavily on their top two defensemen, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, with Keith averaging a league-high 29:09 of ice time per game, 92 seconds more than anyone else in the league.
"That's a lot of important minutes," coach Joel Quenneville said. "(Keith and Seabrook) don't have to play as much."
Campbell's return could help Niklas Hjalmarsson, who has struggled so far with no points and a minus-8.
Nick Boynton comes out of the Hawks lineup.
As for the Hawks as a whole, their 7-5-1 record isn't so bad given the injuries and the adjustment to a new goaltender, Marty Turco, who starts tonight; plus the loss of key Cup-run cogs Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd in off-season trades.
"You have to walk that line between having urgency and having patience," captain Jonathan Toews said. "You can't just assume that things are going to get better eventually, but we know it's a long season and you have to build on the good things."