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Blackhawks Bits: Boqvist, de Haan miss practice; players given vaccine opportunity

And a few other news items from Wednesday.

Chicago Blackhawks v Columbus Blue Jackets Photo by Ben Jackson/NHLI via Getty Images

After taking Tuesday off, the Blackhawks were back on the ice for practice on Wednesday.

Two players were not, though: Adam Boqvist and Calvin de Haan. Boqvist remains in the concussion protocol after taking a puck to the face during Monday’s game against Columbus, while de Haan is still hobbled by a hip pointer. Their status for Thursday’s game against Detroit remained up in the air, per this comment from coach Jeremy Colliton:

With two blue-liners hampered by injuries, the Blackhawks may be in need of reinforcements at the NHL level. That’s likely why Nicolas Beaudin and Ian Mitchell were re-assigned to the taxi squad on Wednesday, along with goaltender Matt Tomkins. Mitchell has not played for the Blackhawks since the March 25 game against Florida while Beaudin has been out of the NHL lineup since skating in back-to-back games against Nashville on March 27 and 28.

In other news, the Blackhawks players had their first chance to get vaccinated against COVID-19 on Thursday. No specific numbers were reported, but it sounds like several players took advantage of that opportunity:

Recently acquired Adam Gaudette was traded from Vancouver, which was in the midst of the NHL’s worst COVID-19 outbreak of the season while Gaudette was there. He was removed from COVID-19 protocols on Sunday and made his practice debut:

Gaudette will wear No. 11 for the Blackhawks whenever he makes his on-ice debut.

Chicago is back on the ice Thursday night in Detroit for the first of a two-game set with the Red Wings.