CALGARY, Alberta – Vinnie Hinostroza was back skating but he won’t be in the lineup Friday night when the Blackhawks face the Calgary Flames.
Hinostroza was pulled after a hit near the boards in the first period of the Blackhawks’ 4-0 loss to Winnipeg on Tuesday. He was cleared to play but coach Joel Quenneville said, “we’re going to make sure he gets another day. There are certain protocols you have to go through where you can get back on the ice and get cleared to play. He did all that. With back-to-back games, we’ll look at tomorrow [vs. Vancouver] as an option.”
The young forward said he was on bed rest the last two days but feels much better today.
“I felt good yesterday and today. I was able to do the workout test yesterday and the computer test today, so felt really good to get back on the ice,” Hinostroza said after an extended skate. “I’m a little winded, obviously, after two days [off,] but it’s nice to be back on the ice.”
Richard Panik was on the Blackhawks’ top line.
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The Blackhawks will face a Flames team that will be without Johnny Gaudreau for the next 4-6 weeks. Gaudreau suffered a broken finger after being slashed against the Minnesota Wild. Gaudreau will accompany the Flames on their upcoming six-game road trip. As far as the slash that sidelined him, Gaudreau said it’s not always an easy call.
“I think it’s part of the game. I don’t know if it’s something they need to look at more. If guys are starting to miss 4-6 weeks and getting broken bones, maybe they need to look into it a little more. But it’s part of hockey, people slashing each other,” Gaudreau said. “It’s tough for the refs to call, whether it’s a hard slash or a love tap. I can see why it’s difficult for them and you gotta go from there.”
The Flames have won two in a row, allowing just one goal in those two contests.
Meanwhile, forward Tyler Motte was expected to get into Calgary later on Friday. Quenneville said there was a “small” chance Motte could play vs. Vancouver.
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Richard Panik-Jonathan Toews-Patrick Kane
Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Marian Hossa
Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger-Ryan Hartman
Andrew Desjardins-Nick Schmaltz-Jordin Tootoo
Duncan Keith-Brian Campbell
Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook
Gustav Forsling-Niklas Hjalmarsson
Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body), Tyler Motte (lower body), Vinnie Hinostroza (concussion)
Flames lines (via Sportsnet)
Sam Bennett-Sean Monahan-Troy Brouwer
Matthew Tkachuk-Mikael Backlund-Michael Frolik
Matt Stajan-Linden Vey-Alex Chiasson
Micheal Ferland- Freddie Hamilton-Garnet Hathaway
Mark Giordano-Dougie Hamilton
T.J. Brodie- Dennis Wideman
Jyrki Jokipakka-Deryk Engelland
Johnny Gaudreau (broken finger), Kris Versteeg (groin), Lance Bouma (shoulder)