Jordan Hendry hasn’t played defense in months, but it appears that will change very soon.
Defenseman Nick Boynton has struggled recently while Hendry has done well at wing as the Hawks fight through injuries and illnesses. Hendry appears to have earned a return to the blue line.
‘‘Whether he’s played short stretches or playing regularly, he [has] that ability to jump in a game, and all of sudden it looks like he hasn’t missed a beat, whether he’s playing defense or forward,” coach Joel Quenneville said Saturday.
“His quickness and his anticipation is something that we can use. We’re looking forward to getting him back on the back end and letting him play a bit.’’
Fernando Pisani and Corey Crawford both feel better after bouts with the flu. Crawford will start in goal tonight.
‘‘My timing was really good [Saturday in practice],’’ Crawford said. ‘‘I feel really good.’’
Pisani, who lost about six pounds and was out the last two games, also practiced Saturday and should play tonight.
‘‘I was actually in bed the last two or three days, just trying to ride it out and not get any of the guys sick,’’ he said.
† The Hawks signed Dylan Olsen, who will report to Rockford once the World Junior Championships are over. He’s playing for Canada.