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Blackhawks Bits: Nylander skates; Boqvist, de Haan still day-to-day

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Alex Nylander participated in practice on Sunday morning for the first time this season.

Chicago Blackhawks Training Camp Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

On a relatively quiet Sunday for the Blackhawks ahead of next week’s games against Nashville, news broke of another long-injured player returning to the ice.

Blackhawks forward Alex Nylander had practiced for the first time this season since having knee surgery in December. The news surfaced when Nylander shared a video from his personal Twitter account.

While no official date has been given for Nylander’s return to the Blackhawks’ lineup, his recovery timetable was originally stated to be 4-6 months from the Dec. 23 announcement of the injury to the 23-year-old, former first-round pick who has been sidelined by a torn meniscus.

In 65 games with the Blackhawks during the 2019-20 season, Nylander totaled 10 goals and 16 assists.

In other injury news, coach Jeremy Colliton provided updates on defensemen Adam Boqvist and Calvin de Haan, who both missed the two-game set against the Red Wings.

Boqvist, who suffered a concussion early in the April 12 game against Columbus, remains in concussion protocol while de Haan continues to deal with a hip pointer.

The Hawks have failed to pick up a victory against the Predators this season, going 0-3-2 in matchups with their Central Division rival. Their upcoming series against Nashville will likely determine if the Blackhawks’ playoff hopes will stay alive.

That pivotal three-game series against the Predators opens on Monday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.