Hawks injury update: Carcillo close to return?

Hawks injury update: Carcillo close to return?

Blackhawks by the numbers

February 12, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Daniel Carcillo skated at the United Center this morning, and coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks forward could join team practices sometime later this week.

Carcillo was one of three Blackhawks on the ice prior to the team’s game-day morning skate. Steve Montador (concussion) and Rostislav Olesz (knee) also skated with Carcillo, who went through some light skates on his own last week. Carcillo’s been out since Jan. 19, when he sustained a right knee injury in the Blackhawks’ season opener against the Los Angeles Kings. It was a tough debut for Carcillo, who had just come back from left-knee surgery last January.

The Blackhawks have plugged right along in Carcillo’s absence, off to a 10-0-2 mark. Rookie Brandon Saad took the top spot with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa in Carcillo’s absence, and Quenneville has been happy with Saad’s performances there. So where Carcillo fits in when he does return isn’t known yet.

“We love those kind of decisions. We welcome the tough ones,” Quenneville said. “With the depth we went in with at the start, we knew we’d get tested. Today we look relatively healthy, but we’ll see. Danny has a great game in his first game, and hopefully he’ll be at that same pace when he gets back.”

The timetable on Montador and Olesz are likely longer. Montador hasn’t played since last spring; he suffered a concussion in Denver in early February and then got reinjured in his first game back against the New Jersey Devils in March. He suffered another concussion during a lockout practice.