NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Brian Campbell will be in the warm-up tonight for Game 4 and it appears he is playing, although coach Joel Quenneville called it a game-time decision.
With the difficult situation the Hawks find themselves in, down 2-1 to the Predators in the best-of-seven series, it pretty much dictates the Hawks need Campbell now.
"It's playoff hockey, you know?" Campbell said following Thursday's morning skate. "Maybe you don't have the leisure of waiting that long because every game is so important. There is always a little bit of a rush for anybody coming back for playoffs."
Campbell suffered a broken collarbone on March 14 and team doctors said originally the defenseman would miss seven to eight weeks. It will be six weeks this Sunday.
"It is what it is, the injury," Campbell said. "It's not a blown-out knee or anything like that. Would it be better not to play for eight weeks? Yeah, for sure. If you break anything in your body it's better to wait longer than to go out there and play ahead of schedule."
Campbell talked about taking the first hit with the Predators likely to test him right away.
"I look forward to it,” Campbell said. “It’s playoff hockey so it’s going to happen. I’ve been around long enough and played a lot of games. There’s a reason why I’ve played that many games, because I protect myself out there. The shoulder is starting to feel real good so I don’t expect that to be a problem.”
Quenneville made no formal lineup announcements about Adam Burish and Bryan Bickell playing, but the two gritty forwards will be in the lineup for Game 4 in place of Colin Fraser and Ben Eager.
It was an optional morning skate and those Hawks participating left the ice at the same time.
"You got the Nashville coaches sitting up there watching to see who's going to do the extra skating," Burish said. "But we all got off the ice together."
Normally at a morning skate the guys who aren't playing stick around and are skated extra by the assistant coaches.
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