Flu bug hits Blackhawks' locker room

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Flu bug hits Blackhawks' locker room

DENVER -- Four Blackhawks were sidelined due to illness and defenseman Steve Montador was out with an upper-body injury as the Blackhawks returned to practice at the University of Denver on Wednesday afternoon.

There wasn't much of an update on Montador. Coach Joel Quenneville said Montador was "doing OK today," but didn't elaborate past that. He said they'll see how Montador is doing again on Thursday. Meanwhile, forwards Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg and defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Nick Leddy did not practice, as a flu bug is making its way through the Blackhawks locker room. Quenneville is hoping they're feeling better for Thursday's practice in San Jose.

The Blackhawks worked on their power play, which has gone 0 for 10 in its last four games, on Wednesday.

"That has to be a point of emphasis, that we have to rely on that to get us through tough times," Quenneville said. "We dont want it to lose momentum for us like it has recently."

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Toews still out, Bulls pull out win over Spurs

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Toews still out, Bulls pull out win over Spurs

In the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Mark Grote (670 The Score) and Mark Carman (WGN Radio) join Kap on the panel. Jonathan Toews is still not back at practice. Is it time to panic?

Meanwhile, the Bulls beat the Spurs. And Rajon Rondo compliments the coaches? Is all well in Bulls-town?

Plus, Dexter Fowler is Cardinal. Should Cubs fans be angry?

And finally, is it good idea for Jordan Howard to get the ball less for the rest of the season?

Check out the SportsTalk Live Podcast below: 

WATCH: Blackhawks play Blues in NHL 17 ahead of Winter Classic showdown

WATCH: Blackhawks play Blues in NHL 17 ahead of Winter Classic showdown

For the third time since the event was created, the Blackhawks will participate in the Winter Classic, facing the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 2, 2017.

To build some hype for the Central Division showdown, which will feature two teams that find themselves battling for the top seed in the Western Conference, Ryan Hartman and Trevor van Riemsdyk of the Blackhawks squared off with Joel Edmundson and Robby Fabbri of the Blues in EA Sports' NHL 17.

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

Edmunson and Fabbri jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but the finish would be determined in 3-on-3 overtime.

Check out who came out on top in the video below: