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Blackhawks Bits: Lankinen, Hardman placed in COVID protocol; Fleury, Jones speak

Some news and notes from Friday’s practices.

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The Blackhawks hit a few speed bumps on Friday after a relatively smooth start to its 2021 training camp on Thursday.

The obstacles arose before practice even started, with the team announcing that goaltender Kevin Lankinen and forward Mike Hardman would not be on the ice:

The news comes one day after general manager/president of hockey operations said the team was 100 percent vaccinated. As a reminder, being in COVID protocol does not necessarily mean a player has tested positive for COVID-19. However, the fact that the team is fully vaccinated suggests that the absences for Hardman and Lankinen will be closer to a couple of days instead of a couple of weeks. Scott Powers of The Athletic offered some reminders on the potential explanations of why Hardman and Lankinen were unavailable for Friday’s practice:

Here’s what the line combinations looked like on Friday:

After practice, two of the Blackhawks newest faces met with the media. Up first was defenseman Seth Jones, who talked about his acclimation to Chicago and his chosen uniform number:

New goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury followed, discussing a budding practice rivalry with Patrick Kane:

Chicago practices again on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. before a scheduled day off on Sunday. The first preseason game is Wednesday night at the United Center against the Detroit Red Wings.