Kane hopes to return to action Friday

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Kane hopes to return to action Friday

Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010
12:16 p.m.
By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Patrick Kane looked like he hasnt missed much of a beat as he skated this morning at the United Center. And while the Chicago Blackhawks wing wont play tonight against the Colorado Avalanche, he could be back Friday.

Kane, who went down with what appeared to be a left ankle injury against Calgary on Dec. 5, is hoping to play Friday when the Blackhawks host the Detroit Red Wings.

(Friday) is a possibility, he said after participating in this mornings pregame skate. Ive really got to see how I am in practice and (Friday) pregame skate and make a decision then. Personally, Id love to be playing tonight but its not realistic. Friday, well see.

Kanes been sidelined about 10 days, but for a player whos not used to missing any time, its seemed longer.

It feels like its been a month or two, said Kane. I think theres a lot more time on your hands than you realize, especially when the boys left town, no one to hang out with. It was a long weekend, so Im glad to see them back.

Meanwhile, Dave Bolland (upper body) was skating again this morning and will play tonight. Corey Crawford, who came in relief against Colorado on Monday, will start tonight.

Rebounding

The Blackhawks defense didnt have a great night on Monday. Brent Seabrook, who was a minus-4 in that 7-5 loss to Colorado, said he and the rest of the defensemen will find their niche again.

We gave them a lot of chances and they capitalized. We got off our game. Myself, I felt like I played awful with giveaways, turnovers. Seabrook said. We played well over last 10-12 games, so theres no reason why we wont bounce back tonight.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Mondays game was about the group of defensemen, not just Seabrook and Duncan Keith.

We need to be better in that area, he said. (Scoring) five goals puts us in position to win a hockey game. As a group the defense can be better. We should all absorb some responsibility. The six of them have to be more focused.
Other injuries

Marian Hossa did not skate today, although Quenneville said he has been out there the past few days. He will not play tonight.

Well get him back on the ice and get a better idea (of when he plays), Quenneville said.

Fernando Pisani, who suffered an upper-body injury against Anaheim on Nov. 26, did skate this morning but said he will not play tonight.

Its just an injury that takes time, he said. Im just focusing on getting better every day right now and its coming along pretty good.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Jonathan Toews practices but won’t play vs. Flyers

Jonathan Toews practices but won’t play vs. Flyers

Jonathan Toews sounded somewhat frustrated but cognizant of the situation.

If it were the postseason there’s no doubt he would be playing right now. That’s not a surprise to hear, considering what hockey players put themselves through when the playoffs start. But this is early December. There are too many games remaining. And with it coming down to making sure he’s healthy for the long haul, it’s an easy call.

Toews practiced on Friday for the first time since being hurt, but he won’t travel to Philadelphia when the Blackhawks face the Flyers on Saturday afternoon. It will be the fifth consecutive game Toews has missed since he was hurt against the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 23. Still, him skating on his own and then practicing with teammates for a few minutes is a good sign that Toews is closing in on a return.

“Just come back and check in again [Saturday], see how it is and hopefully, I guess as they say, re-evaluate for Sunday,” Toews said on Friday. “It’s never fun to miss any time, especially when the team is playing as many games as they are. So nice to get back out there and move around and get going a little bit.”

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Toews was placed on injured reserve on Friday, retroactive to Nov. 24, the day after he was injured.  Coach Joel Quenneville said he’ll see how Toews feels on Saturday and, “we’ll get a better idea going forward. But he’s not on the trip.”

“You gotta be fully recovered and want to make sure guys are 100 percent before they can play,” Quenneville said. “Jonny plays at a certain pace and it’s all out, so let’s make sure he’s more than ready when he’s coming back.”

Several have reported that Toews has a back injury, and the captain was doing several back stretches during Friday’s session. Toews left in the second period of the Blackhawks’ 2-1 loss to the Sharks, moments after he went down awkwardly. But Toews said he wasn’t hurt on that play. 

“I think it was just something that started to aggravate in the first period. I tried playing in the second and that instance right there, just went down like a ton of bricks,” Toews said. “I was trying not to aggravate the injury more than I already had. That wasn’t where I got hurt; [it was] probably the instance people were looking for to see what the explanation was.”

If this were April and the playoffs were about to begin, Toews probably wouldn’t be as patient with his injury. But it isn’t, and he will be. It’s not worth making worse. The Blackhawks have managed to get points in his absence, going 3-0-1 so far.

“It’s the type of thing most guys would be able to suck up and play if it were a playoff game and putting everything on the line. But at this point, with the amount of games left in the season, it’s not something you want to continuously deal with,” he said. “If you aggravate it, it’ll keep coming back to haunt you. It’s tough to hold back and do less than you know you can, but in the long run, trying to make sure I get back to 100 percent.”

BRIEFLY

- Trevor van Riemsdyk was activated off the injured-reserve list and is expected to play against the Flyers.

- Marian Hossa took practice off. He is expected to play.

-  Corey Crawford will start vs. Philadelphia.

Blackhawks Road Ahead: Feasting on the East

Blackhawks Road Ahead: Feasting on the East

Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd and Jamal Mayers have the latest on Joel Quenneville's group in this edition of the Blackhawks Road Ahead, sponsored by Chicagoland NW Indiana Honda dealers.

The Blackhawks are once again taking care of business, going 3-0-1 with their captain Jonathan Toews on the sideline. They're also 6-2-2 against the East this year, and they'll get another chance to add to that record when they take on the Flyers this week.

Here's what our Blackhawks Postgame Live crew had to say about the team's upcoming matchups in this week's Honda Road Aehad.