Marcus Kruger C CHI 1 month ago

Kruger recorded his sixth goal of the season in Monday's 5-2 win over the Hurricanes.

Kruger has been on a sustained cold spell as the goal was just his first point in his last 11 games, and only his second in his previous 31 contests. At this point, the 24-year-old appears to have taken a step back from his 28-point campaign a season ago and doesn't hold much fantasy value in any format.

Marcus Kruger C CHI 2 months ago

Kruger found the back of the net to kick off the scoring in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Blues.

The tally ended a massive drought for Kruger, who had gone the previous 20 games without a point and 28 games without a goal. He'll probably need to find the score sheet in a handful of upcoming contests before even appearing on the fantasy radar in deeper formats.

Marcus Kruger C CHI 4 months ago

Kruger picked up a pair of assists in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Bruins.

With four points in his last five games now, Kruger's on a little surge that's pushed his total to 10 points on the year. It's still pretty meager in 29 games, and he hasn't taken a shot on goal in three straight, but Kruger's nonetheless showing signs of life from Chicago's fourth line. Jonathan Toews reportedly suffered a minor head injury Thursday, and if that keeps him out at all, it could mean a game or two of extra ice time for Kruger.

Marcus Kruger C CHI 5 months ago

Kruger was credited with his first goal of the season in Tuesday's 5-0 win over the Canadiens.

The goal was initially awarded to Kris Versteeg, but it looks like after further review, it was determined that Kruger was the final player to lay a stick on the puck before it fell into the net. Kruger will take the tally however he can get it, as points have extremely hard to come by for the center this season. He's compiled just two points in 13 games and shouldn't warrant much fantasy interest at this time.

Marcus Kruger C CHI 10 months ago

Marcus Kruger is "fine" to play in Game 6 after he took a hard hit from Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin on Wednesday.

"He takes some tough hits," coach Joel Quenneville said. "It looked like he probably got crushed, but it wasn't that bad. It was right in front of us. I got to see it. Sometimes you make contact with the boards and get hit pretty hard, but he's good about absorbing it, rolling off it. Tough, too." Kruger posted a minus-3 rating and logged 19:27 in Chicago's 5-4 double overtime win against Los Angeles.

Marcus Kruger C CHI 10 months ago

The Blackhawks will keep their fourth line in tact for Game 3 Saturday night against the Kings.

Marcus Kruger will continue to play between Ben Smith and Brandon Bollig. The line has been effective in the post-season and Smith and Kruger have out-scored Michal Handzus despite the fact that Handzus has been playing with offensive stars Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp.

Marcus Kruger C CHI 10 months ago

Marcus Kruger does not have a limp anymore.

Kruger had been seen limping after games during the second round but with a few days off after clinching in Game 6 on Tuesday, he is now fine. Kruger has played an amazing amount of games since the NHL resumed action on January 19, 2013 as he has played in 170 games, including the Olympics, the most of any NHLer. He has a goal and an assist in 12 playoff games this season.

Marcus Kruger C CHI 11 months ago

Marcus Kruger centered Chicago's second line during Thursday's practice.

He found himself between Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad, as coach Joel Quenneville shuffled his combinations. "We're looking for balance and maybe all lines, a little more threat to score on all the lines," said Quenneville. Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane joined Michal Handzus on the third line and Ben Smith skated alongside Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell.

Marcus Kruger C CHI 12 months ago

Marcus Kruger had the game-winning goal in Sunday's 4-2 triumph over St. Louis.

He gave the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead less than a minute into the third period to give him eight goals on the year. The marker snapped an eight-game pointless drought for the checking-line forward.

Marcus Kruger C CHI 1 year ago

Marcus Kruger was struck in the face by a shot from New York's Brad Richards in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.

He left for repairs and to be examined during the second period, but he was able to return. Kruger has six goals and 24 points in 61 contests this year.