Jonathan Toews and Dave Bolland will go on this final road trip, but both are out on Thursday night when the Blackhawks play the Minnesota Wild.
Toews, who has missed 20 games with a concussion, is close and could play Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings. When asked why Toews is out for Thursday, coach Joel Quenneville said its all part of the process. Quenneville said Minnesotas feistiness in their game Sunday there were some big hits, as well as three fights in the first half of the game had nothing to do with the decision.
For Toews, just getting back on the road is a start.
Thats step one, he said. Its better than staying home and sitting around by myself. Its not fun to be home watching on TV in my living room; guys go on the road and you miss out on a lot. I feel like Im a little bit closer to being in the picture again and its better than nothing. Hopefully that means Ill be playing soon.
Bolland, meanwhile, has an upper-body injury that Quenneville said is not serious. Bolland, who has not practiced the past two days with the Blackhawks, could play Saturday in Detroit.
Brendan Morrison filled Bollands spot on the checking line at Wednesdays practice.
Andrew Brunette (lower body) practiced on Wednesday and could play tomorrow in Minnesota. Corey Crawford will get the start.
Eddie Olczyk joins Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd and Jamal Mayers to discuss what went wrong for the Blackhawks this season, and what changes could happen this summer to get the team back into the postseason.
Listen to the entire HawksTalk Podcast here:
Eddie Olczyk is cancer-free!
The beloved Blackhawks broadcaster provided an update on his health after a battle with cancer and had the best news possible.
His scan scheduled for early-April was moved up and the results brought good news:
"I'm proud to stand here before everybody and you [Pat Foley] — my partner and my friend — that all the cancer is gone," Olyczyk said. "We beat this thing, and I say 'we' because it has been a team effort. Not only from the great doctors, but from this organization, from Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough, Jay Blunk, Coach Q, hockey operations, these great trainers, our broadcasters, you partner for all the texts and visits daily, the National Hockey League, all my friends and my family: my brothers Ricky and Randy, my mom and dad, and of course, my four kids — Eddie, Tommy, Zandra and Nicky and my beautiful wife Diana. If it wasn't for them, there's no way I could've gotten through this.
"So I believe we all beat this and I'm so thankful for all the support and prayers. They worked. I'm proud to stand here before everybody and let them know that we beat this thing. I've had enough crying to last me a lifetime, partner, and I'm just so excited that I got that call on March 14th at 5:07 p.m. letting me know that my scans were clear. I've never heard a better phrase in my life.
"I'm now 10 days on with the rest of my life and that's the way I'm looking at it."