Between the Circles
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.