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Kirby Dach will travel to Europe with Blackhawks, but ‘unlikely’ to play

Chicago’s top prospect joined the team near the end of Wednesday’s practice.

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Blackhawks top prospect Kirby Dach will make the trip to Europe on Thursday with the team, but it’s “unlikely” he’ll play in either game, general manager Stan Bowman said Wednesday.

The Blackhawks play an exhibition game Sunday against Eisbären Berlin in Germany before opening the regular season against the Flyers in Prague, Czech Republic.

Dach joined the team near the end of practice for the first time since being put in concussion protocol. He spent the past few days skating on his own prior to the team’s practices.

More injury updates

Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton said goaltender Robin Lehner (right hip) and forward Zack Smith (lower back) injuries are not serious.

Lehner left Tuesday’s practice early with the injury. Collin Delia will serve as Corey Crawford’s backup for Chicago’s preseason game against the Capitals on Wednesday at the United Center.

John Quenneville (right hip) did not participate in Wednesday’s practice.