Brad Mills became the latest of the Blackhawks to be sidelined, as he missed Thursday’s practice and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Coach Joel Quenneville said it’s unlikely that Mills, who the Blackhawks signed and recalled from Rockford last week, will make the trip to Winnipeg for Saturday’s game. Michal Handzus (upper body) was already ruled out of Saturday’s game.
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As for Mills, Quenneville said, “I thought he did a good job there, that (fourth) line was effective as far as the job description was. He gave us energy and plays physical.”
Handzus, meanwhile, has not skated yet but Quenneville said he’s “very close” to getting back on the ice.
The Blackhawks will face the Jets in Winnipeg for the first time since the franchise moved from Atlanta. It will also be Jonathan Toews’ first regular-season game in his hometown. Toews last played in Winnipeg in a Blackhawks’ exhibition game vs. Tampa Bay in September, 2010.