As if things weren't bad enough for the Blackhawks after Tuesday's loss at Colorado, their sixth straight, four players were sick Wednesday and missed practice.
Insert joke here.
Viktor Stalberg, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Nick Leddy and Bryan Bickell sat out with the flu along with Steve Montador, who suffered an upper body injury against the Avalanche.
Most of Wednesday's practice was spent on the power play, which is 0-for-10 in the first four games of the road trip and looking horrible. The Hawks were 0-for-3 at Colorado and didn't register a shot on goal.
“That has to be a point of emphasis, that we have to rely on to get us through tough times,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “We don't want it to lose momentum for us like it has recently.”
The first power play unit at practice Wednesday consisted of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa and Brent Seabrook.
Meanwhile, a source indicated the Hawks might be zeroing in on Edmonton defenseman Andy Sutton as a possible prime target for a trade.
It's also believed general manager Stan Bowman has talked with Dallas about bringing back forward Adam Burish.
There also was a report from TSN Canada claiming the Hawks were interested in Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov even though Bowman said as recently as last Friday he was confident in Corey Crawford and Ray Emery.