Blackhawks staying smart about rest

Blackhawks staying smart about rest
April 18, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Patrick Sharp and Ray Emery will be out tomorrow night when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Nashville Predators at the United Center.

For Sharp, the wait continues on returning from his second upper-body injury in just over a month. Asked if it was a recurrence of the left-shoulder injury that kept him out a month, Sharp didn’t want to elaborate. He does, however, hope to play in some of these remaining regular-season games –- coach Joel Quenneville said they hope to get Sharp back on one of the Western Canada games next week.

“It’d be nice to play some games going into the playoffs. Hopefully it’s a tough, long run, every game is physical and intense, so it’d be nice to play a couple (regular-season) games down the stretch,” Sharp said. “It’s been a frustrating process for me, personally, but it’s getting closer.”

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Meanwhile, Emery missed practice today with a lower-body injury, according to Quenneville. Carter Hutton was called up from Rockford, and he’ll back up starter Corey Crawford tomorrow night against the Predators. Quenneville said he hopes Emery is skating tomorrow morning.

“I think at this time, you want to make sure we’re smart about rest,” he said. “Whether (the injuries) are small enough where could become bigger, we have the luxury to make sure it’s more preventative more than anything.”

Defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Michal Rozsival took “maintenance” days today. Quenneville said Hjalmarsson is definitely playing tomorrow night vs. Nashville.