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Blackhawks searching for consistency, prep for sizzling Sharks

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Blackhawks searching for consistency, prep for sizzling Sharks

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.

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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.”

Niklas Hjalmarsson gets standing ovation from United Center crowd in Chicago return

Niklas Hjalmarsson gets standing ovation from United Center crowd in Chicago return

Niklas Hjalmarsson played for the Blackhawks for 10 years and won three Stanley Cups with the team so his return to the United Center was a big deal.

The defenseman, now with the Arizona Coyotes, made his return to Chicago in Thursday's game. The Blackhawks had a tribute video for him during the game and the crowd gave him a standing ovation after the video.

He was teary-eyed after getting the warm reception.

Hjalmarsson was traded by the Blackhawks to the Coyotes for Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin after the 2016-17 season. He played against the Blackhawks on Oct. 21 and again on Feb. 12 last season, but both games were in Arizona.

Injuries limited Hjalmarsson to 48 games last season and he missed Arizona's only trip to the United Center last season, which came in December.

Watch the video above to see Hjalmarsson's tribute and reaction.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Corey Crawford is BACK, are the Bulls legitimate playoff contenders?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Corey Crawford is BACK, are the Bulls legitimate playoff contenders?

Mark Lazerus and Hub Arkush join David Kaplan on the panel.

The guys discuss Corey Crawford’s return and what it means for the team’s playoff chances.

Khalil Mack misses practice again. The guys debate if it would be better to leave him out vs. the Patriots.

The latest on the MLB playoffs with controversy in Houston and gamesmanship by the Brewers.

Will Perdue and Kendall Gill join the panel to discuss Kris Dunn’s absence from the opener and the team’s playoff chances this season.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below.

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