Between the Circles

Between the Circles

No concussion for Hossa; returns to practice

Posted by TimS on Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:20

Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa was back at practice Thursday, two days after getting clocked in the back of the head by Vancouver’s Jannik Hansen.

Hossa said he did not suffer a concussion and would like to play Friday against San Jose at the United Center.

Hansen received a one-game suspension from the NHL for the reckless play.

“I felt pretty good this morning,” Hossa said following practice on Thursday. “Obviously he surprised me with the hit from behind. He hit me pretty hard in the back of the head. I was shaky right after, that’s why I didn’t return. But with the day off it kind of settled down and today I feel much better.”

Hossa wasn't satisfied with Hansen’s punishment.

Crawford day-to-day with upper body injury

Posted by TimS on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:05

Corey Crawford is day-to-day with an upper body injury, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after his No. 1 goalie missed Friday’s morning skate.

Henrik Karlsson was recalled from Rockford to be Ray Emery’s backup on Friday against San Jose. The 6-foot-6, 209-pound Karlsson was acquired from Calgary on Jan. 21 for a seventh-round draft pick in 2013.

Crawford is believed to have been hurt late in Tuesday’s shootout loss to Anaheim when he was run over by Bobby Ryan. It’s believed he suffered a concussion.

“He didn’t feel great after practice (on Thursday),” Quenneville said. “I don’t know if that was it or (if it happened in) practice. I don’t know if there was a defining blow.”

On Carcillo and shootouts

Posted by TimS on Thu, 02/14/2013 - 14:13

Daniel Carcillo returned to practice Thursday for the first time since injuring his right knee in the season opener at Los Angeles.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he wants to have Carcillo participate in a few more practices before he plays in a game.

“I thought he looked pretty good though,” Quenneville said. “I thought he skated well and talking to him he said he felt good as well. He’s further along than we anticipated so we’ll keep pushing him and get him in a couple more skates to get a better idea when (he plays).”

Carcillo hopes to be ready sooner than later.

“Rehab went well and I feel strong on the ice, so it’s just a matter of time until I get the call to go in,” Carcillo said. “It’s encouraging.”

Carcillo back on the ice

Posted by TimS on Tue, 02/12/2013 - 13:31

Daniel Carcillo, who injured his right knee in the first game of the season at Los Angeles, has started skating again.

Carcillo skated with injured teammates Steve Montador and Rostislav Olesz on Tuesday at the United Center, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

Montador has missed all season with a concussion while Olesz has missed all year with a knee injury.

“We had three guys skate prior to practice, and they’re all progressing,” Quenneville said. “Danny still is not in our practices yet, but hopefully at some point this week he might get injected. He started skating last week, probably the middle of the week.”

Carcillo was skating on the first line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa when he got hurt, but that role now belongs to rookie Brandon Saad.

Bolland injury not serious

Posted by TimS on Sat, 02/02/2013 - 20:21

Apparently Dave Bolland’s right leg injury looked worse than it turned out to be.

Bolland didn’t play Saturday at Calgary, but he won’t miss too much time with an injury coach Joel Quenneville described as day to day.

Bolland, who will stay on the trip, was hurt two minutes into the third period Friday against Vancouver when he was chopped on the leg by the stick of Jannik Hansen. He would miss the rest of the game.

“He got hit with a stick, but no complaints,” Quenneville said.

With Bolland out, Andrew Shaw moved up and centered the second line. Marcus Kruger took over center on the third line and Jamal Mayers and Michal Frolik were expected to share duties at center on the fourth line.

Hawks back home at the UC

Posted by TimS on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 13:03
Because of the lockout and their first-round elimination from the playoffs, it’s been nine months since the Blackhawks last played a game at the United Center. That changes tonight when they host the St. Louis Blues in what is expected to be the team’s 191st consecutive sellout. “Our fans are the best,” defenseman Duncan Keith said following Tuesday’s morning skate. “It just shows the passion they have for the Blackhawks and the game of hockey. It’s an Original 6 team and there are a lot of Blackhawks fans all over the continent, especially here in Chicago.” Added Patrick Kane: “I think the fans are going to be very excited to come back and watch a game here at the United Center. It’s going to be a fun night.”

Carcillo to miss at least a month

Posted by TimS on Sun, 01/20/2013 - 19:00
Blackhawks left winger Daniel Carcillo will miss about a month, according to coach Joel Quenneville, with a right knee injury. The injury occurred late in the third period of Saturday’s 5-2 win at Los Angeles when he got tangled up with Drew Doughty along the boards. It’s not the same knee that Carcillo hurt last season. He spent most of the last year rehabbing a torn ACL in his left knee. “Danny’s probably going to be out about a month,” Quenneville said Sunday. “No surgery. It’s unfortunate he finally gets back and had 10 great minutes. But keep your spirits up, work through it and get excited to come back again. He knows the process of what’s required in that rehab area and the commitment that’s needed to get his game back to where it was.”

Hawks announce how they'll thank fans

Posted by TimS on Thu, 01/17/2013 - 13:01
The Blackhawks announced Thursday the launch of the Blackhawks Fan Salute program as an expression of gratitude to the fans for suffering through the lockout. Through the program, the Hawks will give away 1,000 autographed jerseys over the course of the 99-day NHL season. The Hawks will also show their appreciation by awarding 250 autographed pucks and 100 autographed sticks signed by a current player or Hawks ambassador, 200-level tickets and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, such as a postgame player meet-and-greet, pregame dinner with an ambassador in the Stadium Club, glass seats and more.

Power play a work in progress

Posted by TimS on Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:26
The Blackhawks got down to business on the power play Wednesday morning with a few new wrinkles. The first unit looked similar with the exception of Andrew Shaw in front of the net. There was Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa along the walls with Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith at the points. The second unit consisted of Patrick Sharp and Nick Leddy at the points, Viktor Stalberg in front and Dave Bolland and Patrick Kane along the walls.

Stalberg, Shaw to get shots on power play

Posted by TimS on Tue, 01/15/2013 - 15:23
Last season one of the biggest failures of the Blackhawks’ power play was a lack of a real net front presence. Now coach Joel Quenneville will turn to Viktor Stalberg and Andrew Shaw to see if they can get the job done. “I think Viktor is going to be a guy we’re going to put there,” Quenneville said. “And Shaw might get put in that role as well. He seems to position himself in some pretty good spots around and has a nice stick. “Viktor has been talked about that and working in that as well. This is a great opportunity for him. He has produced very well for us 5-on-5, but an opportunity to get that quality ice time is what everybody wants, to be on the power play. He’s got a big body and a quick stick.”