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Quenneville hospitalized, Haviland fills in vs. Wild

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Quenneville hospitalized, Haviland fills in vs. Wild

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011
Posted: 10:55 a.m. Updated: 12:16 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

The Chicago Blackhawks already had plenty on their minds. Now their thoughts are also with their head coach.

Coach Joel Quenneville is in stable condition and being treated for an undisclosed health concern, according to Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry. Terry said Quenneville presented severe discomfort Tuesday night at his home and went to the emergency room.

He was admitted to the hospital this morning. Terry said the situation is not of cardiac nature.

Any time you hear someones in the hospital its definitely scary news, said Patrick Kane. Hopefully we can get a win for him tonight and make him happy wherever he is. Its tough not to have your leader behind the bench. At the same time we can do special things and get a win for him.

Assistant coach Mike Haviland will be acting head coach tonight. Haviland will handle the forwards while fellow assistant Mike Kitchen is in charge of the defensemen.

The Blackhawks focus tonight, however, has to be with the Minnesota Wild. The Wild have a three-point lead on the Blackhawks, who need to start collecting points fast. Haviland said the team obviously had questions regarding Quenneville this morning, but that the team was upbeat and the mindset is where it needs to be.

We talked on the ice about how much this game means to us and not a lot needs to be said. They know, Haviland said. We put ourselves in this position and guys know whats at stake. I think were all professionals. We can all move forward. Our thoughts are with him and his family but certainly these guys know whats at hand.

Defenseman Brian Campbell said we should be able to handle it; weve had to adapt to different situations. Obviously there are differences not having (Quenneville) around, but you have to adapt and I think right now, with our position, we have to worry about tonights game. Joels in the best hands and thatll take care of itself.
Kane will play

Patrick Kane is still recovering from the flu bug that caught him late Sunday but will play tonight against the Wild.

Right now its tough to eat. Ive got to get something in me for tonight for energy, Kane said. I got a couple of IV bags this morning. I still dont feel great but hopefully Ill have enough energy to do what I want to do out there.

Haviland said theyll monitor Kane throughout the game.

Kane is the latest of the Blackhawks to get the flu. Corey Crawford, Marian Hossa, Fernando Pisani and Nick Boynton were among others whove had it these past few months.
Johnson better

Center Ryan Johnson said hes feeling better after suffering a concussion against the Dallas Stars on Friday night. Johnson was hurt on a hit by Stars defenseman Jeff Woywitka, which knocked off his helmet.

Johnson said he hopes to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

You get your bell rung a lot. Sometimes you can just dust it off, Johnson said. By the time we got to Phoenix, things were coming back. Ive had a couple good days.
Briefly

Corey Crawford will start against the Wild.

Fernando Pisani (upper body) did not practice this morning.

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

Corey Crawford expects to make season debut for Blackhawks on Thursday vs. Arizona

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Corey Crawford expects to make season debut for Blackhawks on Thursday vs. Arizona

The wait is almost over.

After missing nearly 10 months with a concussion, Corey Crawford said he expects to start on Thursday when the Blackhawks take on the Arizona Coyotes at the United Center. An official decision will come following the team's morning skate.

"It feels good to be back to myself," Crawford said. "I'm feeling good, I'm feeling clear. ... It was a pretty long process. But I think the most important thing was not to rush anything. When I finally was out, it got to a point where I wasn’t in shape to play and it was time to rest and it’s unfortunate it took a lot longer than I would’ve liked. 

"It’s been long, but finally, just to get back and be practicing with the team has meant a lot. It’s good to get to this point now when you’re really close to playing. Practices have been great, been getting timing a little bit more and getting up to speed and reading shots and all that, so it'll be nice to finally get in one."

Crawford's last appearance in an NHL game was Dec. 23, 2017 against the New Jersey Devils when he allowed three goals on seven shots in 13:22 of action before getting pulled. So of course, emotions will naturally be running high, especially in front of the hometown crowd.

"I'm sure I'll be a little anxious getting into it," Crawford said. "Some nerves. But we'll see. We'll wait until the morning, but I'm definitely excited I can tell you that."

It's obviously terrific news for the Blackhawks, who have picked up eight out of a possible 10 points to start the season and are getting their two-time Stanley Cup winning goalie back between the pipes. It's been a long time coming, and Crawford is coming back into a healthy situation where the Blackhawks are in a good spot in the standings.

"It's great news, I'm sure it'll be exciting for him exciting for our team, exciting for our fans and the organization as well," Patrick Kane said. "It’s probably a good situation all around. Cam [Ward] has done a great job of playing in the net so far. Crow is really good in practice right now, so I’m sure he’s itching to get back, too. We’ve had a good start here. It’s something we want to keep going, and I’m sure him coming back on home ice, in front of our crowd, will be a fun one for him and for our team."

There's no doubting how important Crawford is the team and organization. While there may be a little bit of rust early on, the Blackhawks are expecting him to look like his old self.

"He means a lot to the team," Quenneville said. "We felt last year was a good example of how important he was and how well he was playing for us, as well. We’ve gotten off to a decent start and he was a big factor in it. We know that goaltending is such a big part of the team and your success a lot of nights depends on him and his consistency’s always been in place.

"But he looks good in the net. He’s been off for a long, long time. Is there rust? Do we expect rust? I think the way he’s competing and practicing and finding pucks, he looks like he hasn’t missed a beat. So we’re looking forward to him getting in there and getting comfortable and how he’s feeling going forward will dictate a lot of the decisions about him going back in."

Hawks Talk Podcast: Crawford's return, Saad's demotion and power play concerns

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Crawford's return, Saad's demotion and power play concerns

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Charlie Roumeliotis and Slavko Bekovic provide their thoughts on the Blackhawks’ 3-0-2 start.

They also discuss Brandon Saad’s demotion and whether it could serve as a wake-up call, Corey Crawford’s potential return on Thursday vs. Arizona and what could happen with Anton Forsberg because of it, and address the power play concerns.

The guys wrap up the podcast by making a few bold predictions going forward.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below, and be sure to subscribe, rate us and write a review!