The news regarding Patrick Kane’s injured ankle wasn’t as encouraging on Thursday.
A day after saying he hoped to return Friday against Detroit, Kane left his first practice back with the team early Thursday and won’t be in the lineup when the Red Wings come calling.
Kane began practice, left the ice, returned a short time later to skate on his own for a bit, then headed back to the dressing room.
“It’s part of the process,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “He might need a day off. He was out there for two days in a row and he might have aggravated it, but I don’t think it’s to the extent where it’s a step in the wrong direction.”
Marian Hossa and Viktor Stalberg also won’t play Friday either.
Hossa didn’t skate for a second straight day, but Quenneville expects him on the ice Friday morning.
Stalberg was ruled out for at least the Detroit. He got his head run into the glass by Colorado’s Ryan O’Byrne in Wednesday’s loss.
Quenneville did say Fernando Pisani would be back in the lineup Friday after missing eight games with an upper body injury.
Corey Crawford starts in goal.
Rookie winger Jeremy Morin was returned to Rockford on Thursday and likely would need to be recalled again Friday to play with Stalberg out.
The Hawks spent a good portion of Thursday’s practice going through 1-on-1 drills.
“It’s all about battles and you have to come up with loose pucks and win all those little battles and pay attention to all the little details that makes the difference at the end of games,” Jonathan Toews said. “It all adds up, and I think that’s the difference for us right now.”