Testing timefor Kane, who’s likely still out
Adam L. jahns ON THE blackhawks
It was all a test and “part of the process.” Patrick Kane was on the ice at practice Thursday before leaving, returning and finally leaving.
In other words, barring any unforeseen positive changes, Kane (ankle) won’t play tonight against Detroit.
“[Kane] right now is doubtful,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “It’s part of the process. He might need a day off. He was out there for two days in a row, and today he might have aggravated it. [But] I don’t think it’s to the extent where it’s a step in the wrong direction.”
Fernando Pisani (upper body injury) will play tonight for the first time since Nov. 26, returning to his checking role on the third line with Dave Bolland and Bryan Bickell.
Marian Hossa (upper) and Viktor Stalberg (head) are out. Stalberg left Wednesday’s loss to the Colorado Avalanche in the second period after getting boarded by Ryan O’Byrne. Troy Brouwer will join the first line with Stalberg out.
Quenneville said it was “just instincts” to have a chat with goalie Marty Turco, who has been relegated to backup duties behind Corey Crawford. But it meant a lot to Turco, who said, “It’s nice to hear it. Joel’s repertoire [is] to see where guys are at and lend a hand when needed. It’s conducive to being a successful environment. I want that. It’s appreciated on my end.”
† Jeremy Morin was assigned to Rockford on Thursday, but it’s still possible he will be recalled today.