Nick Schmaltz, who exited Monday's preliminary round matchup against Sweden with an upper-body injury, could return for USA Saturday vs. Latvia, according to coach Jeff Blashill.
"I'm anticipating he'll be ready for our game against Latvia," Blashill told reporters, including NHL.com's Brian Hedger. "But we'll know more ... as we move through the week."
The Blackhawks forward was removed from the game on his very first shift after Swedish captain Gabriel Landeskog delivered a heavy hit.
Landeskog was not penalized on the play, and did not face any discipline despite having a hearing with the IIHF disciplinary committee Tuesday.
Gordon Wittenmyer, Scott King and Nick Shepkowski join Kap on a Thursday edition of STL.
0:00 - MLB teams continue their preparations for the 2020 season. So, is there hope that the league has finally gotten past its testing issues?
4:00 - A hospital in Edmonton had to close its doors because of a COVID-19 outbreak. That city is expected to host one of the NHL’s bubbles. Should the league be concerned?
8:30 - Yahoo! Sports columnist Dan Wetzel joins Kap. Will we have major college football in the fall? And will the NFL be able to play through the pandemic?
19:30 - The panel weighs in on the possibility of major college football this fall.
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On Thursday, Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook joined the team for voluntary small-group workouts — under the NHL's Return To Play plan guidelines — at Fifth Third Arena.
The Hawks are scheduled to begin their training camp for the league's 24-team playoffs at Fifth Third, their practice facility, on Monday before taking on the Oilers in Edmonton beginning Aug. 1 in a best-of-five play-in series.
Related: If Seabrook returns, where does he fit in Blackhawks' postseason lineup?
The three-time Stanley Cup champion had surgeries on his right shoulder in December, left hip in January and right hip February. Thursday marked his first practice with the team since the surgeries.
On Saturday, The Athletic reported the blueliner wanted to suit up for this year's camp and postseason.
Seabrook last played December 15 in a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild.
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