On Carcillo and shootouts
Daniel Carcillo returned to practice Thursday for the first time since injuring his right knee in the season opener at Los Angeles.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he wants to have Carcillo participate in a few more practices before he plays in a game.
“I thought he looked pretty good though,” Quenneville said. “I thought he skated well and talking to him he said he felt good as well. He’s further along than we anticipated so we’ll keep pushing him and get him in a couple more skates to get a better idea when (he plays).”
Carcillo hopes to be ready sooner than later.
“Rehab went well and I feel strong on the ice, so it’s just a matter of time until I get the call to go in,” Carcillo said. “It’s encouraging.”
Carcillo was frustrated he got hurt again in his first game after missing more than a year with a torn ACL in his left knee.
“Everything happens for a reason, but I haven’t found out what that reason was and I don’t care to know,” Carcillo said. “Stuff happens. Just because I was out for a year doesn’t make me exempt from getting hurt again.”
Carcillo, who started the season playing on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, will play wherever the coaches decide to put him.
“It’s not up to me,” Carcillo said. “I just need to get ready and work as hard as I can and whenever I get in the lineup I’ll be happy and grateful and ready to do my job.”
Meanwhile, the next time the Hawks go to a shootout expect Hossa to shoot third after Toews and Patrick Kane.
The Hawks have gone to three shootouts and Quenneville has yet to use Hossa in that troublesome third hole.
“That third spot, we haven’t got the production from it,” Quenneville said. “It looks like it’s an automatic (to use Hossa) and hopefully it becomes automatic.”
So Hossa will be the third shooter, rght coach?
"He'll be a shooter," Quenneville said.