The Chicago Blackhawks have placed forward Artem Anisimov on the injured reserve and activated defenseman Cody Franson from the injured reserve, the team announced on Friday. Anisimov left Thursday's game with a lower-body injury and he did not return. Franson missed the last five games with an upper body injury.
Anisimov, 29, was drafted 54th overall by the New York Rangers in 2006. He played 589 games in the NHL with the Rangers, the Blackhawks and the Columbus Blue Jackets, registering 297 points. He added 17 points in 43 playoff games. So far this season, the Russian forward has 18 points in 36 games.
Franson, 30, was drafted 79th overall by the Nashville Predators in 2005. He played 546 games in the NHL with the Predators, the Blackhawks, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres, registering 212 points. He added 15 points in 28 playoff games. The Canadian defenseman has seven points in 19 games played this season.
The Blackhawks are currently sixth in the Central division with a record of 17-14-5. They are facing the Edmonton Oilers tonight.