SAN JOSE, Calif. – Teuvo Teravainen rejoined his teammates at practice but he probably won’t be ready to play on Wednesday when the Blackhawks face the San Jose Sharks.
Teravainen skated for the first time since last Wednesday, when he left the Edmonton game with an upper-body injury. But he was not on a line at practice. Coach Joel Quenneville said Teravainen is close, but that the forward is more likely ready for the weekend when the Blackhawks face Anaheim and Los Angeles.
It’s unknown what exactly is ailing Teravainen and he wasn’t divulging – “just a little upper-body secret thing,” he said with a laugh. But Quenneville said from the start Teravainen’s injury wasn’t serious, and it looks like that was the case.
“I was pretty lucky that it’s not too bad,” Teravainen said. “So I’m excited to get back.”
Corey Crawford will start against the Sharks.
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The Blackhawks face a Sharks team that won all six games on their road trip. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, haven’t had the consistency they usually have on this Circus Trip. They’re looking to close out better than they began it.
“We’re on the second part of the trip now, the first three games probably didn’t go the way we wanted it to, so we want to have a chance to right the ship here,” Patrick Kane said. “Big game tomorrow; you look at San Jose, they came off a long road trip where they won all six. I’m sure they’ll be feeling good to come back home. Hot team; it’ll be a tough game and we’ll need a strong effort from everyone.”