Kruger recalled, Pirri sent down

The Chicago Blackhawks recalled forward Marcus Kruger from the AHL on Saturday. To make room for Kruger, the team assigned forward Brandon Pirri to Rockford.

Kruger appeared in seven regular-season games and five postseason games with the Hawks last season. Pirri had an assist in the Hawks' season-opening loss to the Stars on Friday.

The Blackhawks will open their home schedule on Saturday night at the United Center.