Sharp suffers upper-body injury in loss to Detroit

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Sharp suffers upper-body injury in loss to Detroit

Updated: Sunday, Jan. 8 at 8:39 p.m.

The team officially announced Patrick Sharp wouldn't return due to an upper body injury. NBCSN's coverage guessed he got hacked a couple of times on the way to scoring the Hawks' second goal. He had shifts after that, but didn't come out after the first intermission.

He did some offensive damage 44 seconds after Dave Bolland's power play goal, giving the Hawks a 2-0 lead 4:19 into the game with his 20th goal of the season.

The Wings' only goal came on the power play, and the Hawks have stayed out of the penalty box since - though they couldn't cash in on their two power play opportunities in the second (now 1 for 3 tonight).

Despite Sharp's absence, the Hawks spent a good amount of time of the middle frame in Detroit's zone, outshooting the Wings 11-6 in the process. The visitors did try a late push in the final two minutes, but the Hawks' sticks and positioning have been about as good as you can ask for.

They'll look to keep doing that and hope Corey Crawford does his part these next 20 to snap a three-game slide and improve the goalie to 6-2 lifetime against the Wings.

Injury issues

The Blackhawks got their zone time to start the second, but haven't been able to add to their 2-1 lead despite another power play opportunity. They'd like some cushion as Patrick Sharp hasn't come out of the dressing room for the second period as we await word on his injury and status.

They also were without Jamal Mayers for a few minutes.

Corey Crawford came up with a big stop on Todd Bertuzzi's point-blank chance midway through the period, something they'll need more of if they can't tack on some offense here.

Blackhawks announce plans for NHL Draft Fan Fest

Blackhawks announce plans for NHL Draft Fan Fest

With exactly a month to go until Chicago hosts the 2017 NHL Draft for the first time ever, the Blackhawks and league announced Wednesday their plans for Fan Fest held outside the United Center on June 23 and 24.

A handful of Blackhawks players and alumni will be in attendance and made available for photo opportunities, as will the Stanley Cup. Fans will also be able to explore the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, "a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, one-of-a-kind historical memorabilia, unique photo moments and a social media wall," according to the press release.

A full list of activities, special guest appearances and schedule will be posted at a later date.

Friday's events will run from 3 to 9 p.m. while Saturday's festivites will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Parking Lot C, north of the United Center.

Additional passes for the weekend will be made available to the public starting June 9. For more information, visit chicagoblackhawks.com/fanfest.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Vinnie Hinostroza talks rookie season and new wrinkle to offseason training

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Vinnie Hinostroza talks rookie season and new wrinkle to offseason training

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, forward Vinnie Hinostroza joins Pat Boyle and evaluates his rookie season, tells us how he has added MMA and Ju-jitsu to his offseason training and is he going to room with Ryan Hartman next season?

Plus, Tracey Myers joins Pat to discuss Patrick Kane’s first interview this offseason, the latest on the Blackhawks coaching moves and tournament fall-out for Artemi Panarin, Marcus Kruger and Alex DeBrincat.

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below.