Posted by TimS on Fri, 02/10/2012 - 16:57
When defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said it was because of the flu.
The diagnosis changed on Friday when the Hawks sent Hjalmarsson back to Chicago because of what Quenneville told reporters was an upper body injury.
Hjalmarsson was to miss Friday's game against the Sharks and Saturday's game in Arizona against the Coyotes.
From flu symptoms to an upper body injury leaves open speculation that Hjalmarsson might be suffering from a concussion.
The Hawks also sent Steve Montador (upper body) back to Chicago and placed the defenseman on injured reserve retroactive to when he got hurt on Tuesday at Colorado.
Rookie defenseman Dylan Olsen was recalled from Rockford and expected to play against the Sharks.
Defenseman Sami Lepisto was also expected to play for the first time Jan. 2. The little used Lepisto has appeared in only 11 games all season.