Coach Q said after Friday's morning skate that it was time to ride goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, starting with Friday's game against Edmonton.
"We want to get him playing games here," Joel Quenneville said. "We need to give him the net for a while to get on a roll here. I think just prior to him getting hurt it looked like he was going to get the ball and go. The first time he got hurt the same thing.
"He's positioned himself to get this opportunity and we're going to rely on him to get the net."
Cristobal Huet is 2-5 in his last 8 starts with a no-decision in a game Antti Niemi relieved and lost against Pittsburgh.
Quenneville called the Hawks' goaltending recently just "OK."
Cam Barker practiced Friday morning and will face the Oilers despite the lower body injury he suffered at Columbius.
Patrick Sharp is close to returning from his knee sprain. Maybe Sunday, but more likely next Wednesday against San Jose.