— Patrick Kane is expected to make his return to the lineup after missing three weeks with a left leg injury. The original diagnosis was three weeks, so he’s on schedule despite some setbacks in his attempts to practice with the team over the last two weeks. Kane injured himself 23 seconds into the December 5th game with Calgary at United Center.
With Hossa and Stalberg both returning from separate injuries in Sunday’s win over Columbus, this would give Joel Quenneville a full, healthy roster for the first time since November 26th at Anaheim.
Tonight presents an interesting roster decision for Joel Quenneville. He hasn’t been a fan of Stalberg’s game of late when he’s been healthy, and it is the Blues, so John Scott’s presence could be needed. However, with there still be a measure of uncertainty on how Kane’s “lower-body” injury will react in real game action, electing to dress a guy who can’t play much more than 5-6 minutes over Stalberg, Pisani or perhaps even Skille could present a tremendous disadvantage should Kane’s injury flare up during the game, especially early on.
[Update] The Blackhawks have announced Fernando Pisani is out tonight due to an illness. So tonight’s likely scratches will be Ryan Johnson, Jordan Hendry and Pisani. Marty Turco is expected to start.