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Kane's wrist looks good, scores in scrimmage

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Kane's wrist looks good, scores in scrimmage

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011
Posted: 12:58 p.m. Updated: 3:10 p.m.

By TraceyMyers
CSNChicago.com BlackhawksInsiderFollow @TraMyersCSN
Patrick Kane wanted to get a little more work in on Sunday, so he participated in his first preseason scrimmage with Team B. Diagnosis: the left wrist looks good and the shot looks even better.

Kane scored two goals and had an assist in Team Bs 4-2 decision over Team C at Johnnys Ice House. For Kane, it was a good test in more of a contact setting. And the wrist is doing just fine.

I thought I needed do to more to get into game shape. The doctor said, Go ahead, and if you feel any pain, stop, said Kane, who added he played with the splint on and felt no pain afterward.

Im still pretty cautious. You dont want to put yourself in a bad situation where get hit or something goes wrong, Kane said. Its competitive hockey, you still want to do some things, but it was a pretty good day.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Kanes outing was impressive.

He felt so good yesterday, plus hes kind of smart: you try to avoid what you need to avoid (contact-wise), Quenneville said. I thought he had a special day.

Carcillo vs. Shaw
Daniel Carcillo and Andrew Shaw tussled after Shaw hit Viktor Stalberg in their scrimmage on Sunday afternoon. Carcillo, who won the fight, said hes just been frustrated with his game early on in preseason.

I just havent been on the ice much this summer, he said. Theres a bit of a transition period from the weight room to the ice so Im just going through that.

The young Shaw, who is now signed with Rockford, said hes looked up to Carcillo and tries to mimic his style.

We both play with an edge, its our type of game, Shaw said. I was glad he said yes (to the fight) and we had some fun with it. When you hit star players someones going to step up. Thats his role, too. Im not mad or anything; its just part of the game.
Briefly

Marian Hossa is scheduled to arrive in Chicago on Tuesday. Quenneville said Hossa could practice on Wednesday.

Dylan Olsen has missed the last two days with a lower-body injury. Well get a better indication in the morning, Quenneville said of Olsens status. Hopefully hes not that far away.

Scotty Bowman celebrated his 78th birthday on Sunday.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks visit Niklas Hjalmarsson, Coyotes

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks visit Niklas Hjalmarsson, Coyotes

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Arizona Coyotes Saturday night on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Niklas Hjalmarsson's new home.

Brace yourselves, Chicago. It's going to be a weird site seeing Hjalmarsson in a different sweater other than the Blackhawks, where he spent his first 10 NHL seasons and won three Stanley Cups.

Now he serves as an alternate captain and blue-line anchor for the Coyotes, who are the only team still seeking its first win of the season. You know they'll be hungry to snap that skid, especially when there's extra motivation for a player on their team facing a bunch of old friends.

2. Connor Murphy returns to Arizona, too.

The man Hjalmarsson was traded for will also be returning to a place he called home for four years. Murphy's role with the Coyotes increased every year before he was dealt to the Blackhawks as part of a shake-up for both teams, so you know he's going to play with something to prove.

Murphy is a physical defenseman, and has laid several notable big hits this season. His former teammates surely know it, and may want to keep their heads up.

3. Patrick Kane 2.0?

Ever since he was drafted with the No. 7 overall pick in 2016, Clayton Keller has drawn comparisons to Kane. They're both undersized, offensive playmakers, possess supreme stick-handling abilities and are American-born players.

Keller got a brief taste of NHL action last year, but he's secured a full-time spot with the Coyotes this season and has been arguably their best player so far.

The 19-year-old forward paces all rookies with five goals and ranks second with seven points, and leads the Coyotes in both categories. Expect to see his name as a finalist for the Calder Trophy for the league's top rookie at the end of the season.

Anton Forsberg is giving the Blackhawks exactly what they need

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Anton Forsberg is giving the Blackhawks exactly what they need

Anton Forsberg had just finished an extended morning skate Wednesday morning in St. Louis. The backup goaltender had played in one regular-season game for the Blackhawks to that point, so getting in extra work to stay sharp was helpful.

“I try to keep my focus in practice and work extra every day, get a few extra shots in practice with the extra guys who are out there, work with Jimmy and try to keep my game shape,” Forsberg said, referring to Blackhawks goaltending coach Jimmy Waite.

Whatever Forsberg’s working on in practice and skates seems to be working, because in two games with the Blackhawks he’s looked sharp. Forsberg probably deserved a victory on Thursday night when he stopped 40 shots in the Blackhawks’ 2-1 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers. It’s the backup life to wait and see when that next start will come, but Forsberg has been ready.

“For sure I felt more comfortable today, more used to the speed,” he said following Thursday’s game. “I felt I read the game better, felt I had more time moving around. It’s tough, again, to lose in overtime. Obviously I wanted to win and it’s frustrating.”

Frustrating for sure, but Forsberg is giving the Blackhawks exactly what they want and need: a dependable backup that gives them a chance to win. The two goals Forsberg gave up on Thursday weren’t softies, either — Patrick Maroon’s goal off a ridiculous Connor McDavid pass and Mark Letestu’s over game-winner that deflected off Brent Seabrook’s stick.

“He kept us in a tight game like he did in Toronto, got us to overtime. I kind of feel bad we didn’t get him a win in either of those,” Ryan Hartman said. “He played well both of those games. It’s nice to have a guy on the back end like that.”

Forsberg has blended in well with the Blackhawks. It helps that he already knew two of them, Brandon Saad and Artem Anisimov, his former teammates in Columbus. He and Corey Crawford already have a good rapport. Same goes for he and Waite, and Forsberg has soaked up any information they’ve given him.

“I feel like both him and Corey teach me a lot. We talk about different situations, especially all the reads,” Forsberg said. “I get to know how (Crawford) thinks the game. He’s been around a long time and has been doing well, so it’s interesting every day to hear what he has to say. Even Jimmy’s been around same thing there, discussing my game, what we want to improve, what we want to do different, what to keep the same and go from there.”

The extra work in practices and skates appears to be working as Forsberg has done a lot right in just his first two games, which were 10 days apart. The Blackhawks have had a good run of backup goaltenders; two games is a small sample size but Forsberg could be the latest reliable backup.