Blackhawks' Nick Boynton checks Tampa Bay Lightning Chris Durno during the second period of their pre-season NHL game in Winnipeg Wednesday.
The Blackhawks won't have defenseman Nick Boynton for the first game of the regular season.
Boynton will receive a one-game suspension from the NHL for the throat-slash gesture he made to Tampa Bay's Blair Jones following their second-period fight in Wednesday's preseason opener.
Boynton will sit out the Hawks' Oct. 7 opener at Colorado, but he can continue to play in the preseason.
"The league has certain things that every year, it's messages they want to send out to the league and players of being aware of certain things not to do," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We're just trying to echo the same message."
This is Boynton's second suspension for an inappropriate gesture. He was suspended in 2005-06 while playing for Boston.
Crawford in spotlight: Corey Crawford will start in goal tonight against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena and play the entire game.
"I just have to prepare the best I can and play my game," said Crawford, who will be Marty Turco's backup. "It will be nice to see where I'm at in an actual game."
Joel Quenneville likes what he has seen from Crawford in training camp.
"Every day he looks fast and looks quick and is alert," Quenneville said. "I think he has something to prove. You can see the incentive and intensity in his game that he wants to take advantage of a great opportunity. He looks like he wants it badly."
Crawford has spent some time with Turco on the ice at practice working on his puck handling.
"He's really good and we've worked on some stuff in practice," Crawford said. "He's a good guy to have around in case you're wondering about something and you can ask him."
Replacing Madden: Joel Quenneville isn't ready to say Jake Dowell will fill the departed John Madden's role as fourth-line center, but it might be his job to lose.
"That's an important position and Jake certainly brings you some intensity," Quenneville said. "He brings the approach that you want where you've got some energy on that line, some toughness, he can take faceoffs, kill penalties and be reliable.
"That's what were striving for to fill that role and we'll see how he plays it out and how he competes throughout camp to make it tough on us. We know he's tough and we know he competes, but you've got to play as well."
Tip-in: Of the veterans, Joel Quenneville would only say that Marian Hossa will play Saturday night against the Red Wings at the United Center and not be in the lineup tonight.