Hawks' Carcillo has had enough of sitting on the sidelines

Hawks' Carcillo has had enough of sitting on the sidelines

February 14, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Daniel Carcillo tempered his frustration at playing about one period’s worth of hockey before suffering a knee injury, his second in just over a year.

“Everything happens for a reason. I haven’t found out what the reason for this is yet; I don’t care to know,” Carcillo said on Thursday. “Just because I was out for a year didn’t make me exempt from getting hurt again. I just had to work hard and have a good attitude and get back as quick as I could.”

Carcillo has done that, and took part in his first practice with the team since injuring that right knee in the Blackhawks’ season opener in Los Angeles on Jan. 19. And while he’s still not sure when he plays, or when he fits in once he does, Carcillo’s taking it all in stride.

“Wherever I get into the lineup I’ll be happy and grateful and do my job,” said Carcillo, who’s watched the Blackhawks’ run to a 10-0-3 mark this season. “The team has been amazing. That’s why, on my part, there hasn’t been any real urgency because they’re playing well. Even when I’m ready, who knows when the time will come when I get the call. All I can worry about is myself; everything else will fall into place for me.”

Yes, the Blackhawks have been playing well in Carcillo’s absence. And rookie Brandon Saad has made that left-wing spot on the top line his own with his play. So it’s unlikely, unless Saad starts struggling, that Carcillo will go back to the top line where he began this season. Coach Joel Quenneville says, as far as those decisions go, “the tougher the better.”

“It’s a great situation to be in to make these kind of decisions,” he said. “We’ll see when we have to visit that. Sometimes those decisions are made easier for you. But whether (Carcillo) plays where he started the season or wherever, we think we can use him in our lineup and he can be effective, especially the way he played that first game after not playing for a long time.”

Still, Carcillo is close.

“He looked pretty good, skated well and said he felt good,” Quenneville said. “He’s further along than we anticipated there, so we’ll keep pushing him in a few skates and get a better idea of when (he plays).”

Carcillo’s had enough of lengthy injuries. Right now, he just wants to concentrate on getting back and staying back.

“Rehab went well, I feel strong on the ice, so that’s encouraging,” Carcillo said. “It’s just a matter of time when they’ll make the decision and I get the call to go in.”

TIDBITS

* Ray Emery will get the start in goal tomorrow night against the San Jose Sharks. Emery is 3-0-0 with a 2.60 goals-against average this season. He’s 2-2-0 with a 3.36 GAA in four career games vs. San Jose.  “Ray hasn’t had a home game yet and he’s played very well for us,” Quenneville said. “This gives him a chance to get the net in Chicago, and he deserves it for how he’s played.”

* The Blackhawks will keep looking at their shootout options but Marian Hossa will get his shot at the No. 3 spot when the team has another one. The Blackhawks haven’t fared so well in them this season, winning just one. And Quenneville knows those missing points could prove big down the stretch. “Obviously that’s one stat we need to be better at,” he said. “We need to prioritize the importance of those points and try to rectify that.”