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Bryan Bickell might return Thursday vs. Bruins

Updated: March 25, 2014 10:53PM



At the end of a long and trying season, things were just picking up for Bryan Bickell when he suffered an upper-body injury during the game last Wednesday against the Blues. He played the rest of the game but has missed the three since, including Tuesday against the Stars.

“As of late, before that happened, things were going the right way,” Bickell said after returning to the ice for the morning skate Tuesday. “I just need to bring my mind-set back to where that was. I feel the playoffs are typical of my game. I just need to be healthy and bring my game then.”

Bickell said he had an “incident” during the second period of the Blues game. He played through it and even addressed the media after the game. “Then, later, I didn’t feel very good,” he said.

Bickell will travel with the Hawks on Wednesday for their three-game road trip. He might play Thursday against the Bruins.

“You don’t want to go into the last 10 games, or the playoffs, with a lingering injury,” he said. “It might get worse if something comes up, but I need to get it back to where it was and be healthy going into the playoffs.”

Biding his time

David Rundblad played in just his third game in three weeks Tuesday. It was his second in three games, though, with Michal Rozsival still nursing a lower-body injury. But even in his first two appearances with the Hawks, Rundblad played only about eight minutes each night.

When the Hawks acquired him, Rundblad hoped to finally get some games after being a healthy scratch most of the season with the Coyotes. But the 23-year-old puck-mover has tried to keep a positive outlook on his frustrating situation.

“It’s always tough to come to a new club in the middle, or even at the end, of the season and just expect to go right in there,” he said.

While the Hawks haven’t had many practices lately, Rundblad has taken the ice most days with some of the other lesser-used players to stay in shape and stay ready for the few times he does get the call. He still is holding out hope that he can play well enough in those rare appearances to earn a spot in the playoff lineup.

“Even though I don’t get heavy minutes right now, I’m just going to go out there and just play with a lot of energy,” he said. “I guess we’ll see what happens.”

In and out

Joel Quenneville said Antti Raanta will get one of the starts in the upcoming back-to-back set in Boston and Ottawa. Quenne­ville also said Rozsival, who has missed five consecutive games, will resume skating in Chicago while the Hawks are on the road.

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