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Healthier ‘Hawks: Handzus in Friday, Shaw could be back Sunday

Bryan Bickell, Michal Handzus

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell, left, celebrates after his game-tying goal with center Michal Handzus, right, of Slovakia, during the third period in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday, June 24, 2013 in Boston. Chicago went on to win 3-2 to claim the Stanley Cup.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


The Chicago Blackhawks are walking into Friday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks a little bruised and battered, but they’re starting to show signs of healing.’s Tracey Myers provides some injury updates for the Blackhawks, which are generally positive.

Most pressingly, Michal Handzus is shaking off his illness to play against the Ducks tonight and Andrew Shaw (upper body) is close to returning and could play as soon as Sunday against the Florida Panthers.

Going further, Bryan Bickell (lower body) may begin skating again next week. Bickell, 27, hasn’t played since Nov. 19.

The Blackhawks come into tonight with two consecutive 4-3 losses, prompting some criticism for goalie Corey Crawford. They play three of their next four games at home.

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