Between the Circles
Blackhawks winger Viktor Stalberg knows it could have been worse – a lot worse, especially after seeing Sidney Crosby suffer a broken jaw on a similar play.
Stalberg needed “50 to 60 stitches,” by his estimation, to close the cut he suffered last Friday when he was struck near the mouth by a puck off the stick of Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf.
“I was trying to look in the mirror the other day and count it up,” Stalberg said Thursday. “There are still a couple you can’t really see. The doctor said it was 50 to 60, something like that – 20 on the inside and a little bit more on the outside.
The NHL trade deadline came and went Wednesday with the Blackhawks taking a pass on making another significant deal.
Getting center Michal Handzus from San Jose on Monday for a fourth-round draft pick turned out to be it for the best team in the Western Conference.
“We believe in the group we have here,” general manager Stan Bowman said. “I think we look at it like we’re a very strong team. You can never get ahead of yourself and there’s still a lot of work to do, but our goal all along was to win the division. We said that from Day 1 and when you do that you get home ice in the first round and that’s our objective.
The Blackhawks have acquired center Michal Handzus from the San Jose Sharks for a fourth-round draft pick.
Handzus, who played for the Hawks previously from 2006-07, is a 55 percent faceoff winner who had 2 goals and was minus-9 for the Sharks.
More to come.
Better safe than sorr:
That’s the approach the Blackhawks are taking with Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp and their shoulder injuries.
Both Hossa and Sharp will miss Monday’s game against Nashville, the 11th straight for Sharp and sixth in a row for Hossa.
Andrew Shaw wasn’t in the morning skate, but he will be in the lineup tonight against Los Angeles at the United Center.
Shaw has been fighting the flu.
“Shaw is going to be fine,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Monday morning following the skate. “He didn’t skate this morning, but we gave him some rest and he’s good to go.”
Marian Hossa won’t play tonight and is doubtful for Tuesday’s game against Calgary. Quenneville maintains the shoulder injury suffered by Hossa last week at Colorado isn’t serious.
“Hopefully by the weekend he’ll be playing,” Quenneville said. “He hasn’t been in the ice the last couple days, but he is progressing.”
Corey Crawford starts in goal for the Hawks.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after practice on Friday that Marian Hossa was not likely to play Monday against Los Angeles at the United Center.
Hossa didn’t practice Friday because of what is believed to be an injured shoulder suffered in Monday’s win at Colorado.
“Hopefully, he’ll get on the ice on Sunday,” Quenneville said. “He’s progressing.”
Quenneville has no worries that the injury is a long-term thing.
Meanwhile, Patrick Sharp skated on his own before Friday’s practice.
“He’s progressing, but it’s still not close,” Quenneville said.
When asked if Sharp were a week to two weeks away from playing, Quenneville said: “I guess we’re probably somewhere in that (time) frame.”
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville ruled Marian Hossa out of tonight's showdown with Anaheim because of the upper body injury he suffered at Colorado on Monday.
Hossa was hurt on a hard check from Avs defenseman Ryan O'Byrne in the first period.
Daniel Carcillo will return to the Hawks lineup after being a healthy scratch for the last three games.
Corey Crawford starts in goal for the Hawks.
The Blackhawks confirmed on Friday that winger Patrick Sharp would miss at least three weeks with an injured left shoulder.
Sharp was hurt in the third period of Wednesday's win over Colorado when he was checked hard into the glass by Avs defenseman Ryan O'Byrne.
Meanwhile, Marian Hossa, Andrew Shaw and Michael Frolik all will play in Friday's rematch with the Avs at the Pepsi Center.
Frolik missed the last two games with the flu while Hossa was a late scratch Wednesday with an upper body injury.
Shaw left Wednesday's game in the second period after taking a Paul Stastny elbow in the head.
While Patrick Sharp won’t be making the trip to Denver for Friday’s rematch with the Avalanche, Marian Hossa, Andrew Shaw and Steve Montador were on the Blackhawks’ team charter that left on Thursday.
Michael Frolik, who has missed the last two games with the flu, wasn’t on the charter but will meet the team in Colorado.
Hossa was a late scratch on Wednesday with an upper body injury. He took the pregame warmup but decided he couldn’t go.
Shaw was hurt in the second period when he took an elbow from Paul Stastny in the head.
Sharp was injured in the third period when he was checked hard into the glass by Avs defenseman Ryan O’Byrne and left the ice holding his left shoulder. Hawks coach Joel
Sports Illustrated, ESPN and TSN all had reporters at the Blackhawks’ morning skate on Tuesday.
The Hawks and their NHL record 22-game point streak to start the season has become a national story.
“It’s gaining some momentum here,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “We don’t like to focus too much on that, but you’ve got to commend the guys and how diligent they’ve been in focusing on our next game and not getting distracted or getting excited about things they can’t control.
“Something like this can help you in the playoffs, knowing that the games and the attention picks up as you go along.”
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were surrounded by a media mob after they came off the ice.
Marian Hossa will play tonight against San Jose after passing his final tests for a concussion on Friday morning.
The Blackhawks winger also had a reply for Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, who defended Jannik Hansen and questioned the one-game suspension his player received from the NHL for elbowing Hossa in the back of the head last Tuesday.
“Of course, their coach is going to protect his player, that’s how it is,” Hossa said. “Their coach wouldn’t like it if it happened to their player. He would have reacted differently. I think the guys should learn banging other players in the head, the PA (players association) and the NHL have tried to make big statements on that. Hopefully he’ll learn from that.”