Blackhawks Andrew Desjardins returns to practice after illness
Fourth line winger is back on the ice.
Andrew Desjardins is back.
The fourth line winger missed the past two practices for the Chicago Blackhawks with an illness, and skated in his usual spot alongside center Marcus Kruger and fellow winger Andrew Shaw during Wednesday's morning skate at Johnny's IceHouse West.
Dates and times for the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks have yet to be officially announced. The Hawks will open the series on the road at Honda Center.
Desjardins, 28, has one goal in eight playoff games this postseason after tallying two assists in 13 regular season games. Prior to being traded to the Hawks, Desjardins played in five games with the San Jose Sharks against the Ducks where he registered six shots and no points in 10:30 of averaged ice time.
#Blackhawks practices getting serious again, I suppose, because the white jerseys are back. Nordstrom, Carcillo, Versteeg wearing them.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) May 13, 2015
#Blackhawks lines: Saad-Toews-Hossa Bickell-Richards-Kane Sharp-Vermette-Teravainen Desjardins-Kruger-Shaw 5th: Nordstrom-Versteeg-Carcillo— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) May 13, 2015
#Blackhawks working on special teams. PP1: Keith, Sharp, Toews, Shaw, Kane PP2: Hossa, Seabrook, Saad, Bickell, Richards— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) May 13, 2015
Kris Versteeg hasn't played since Game 6 on April 25 against the Nashville Predators in the first-round when he suffered a lower-body injury. Versteeg, who turns 29 on Wednesday, scored one goal during the opening series. In his absence, Bryan Bickell has skated on the second line with Brad Richards and winger Patrick Kane.
Joakim Nordstrom skated in the first two games of the opening round series before being benched. The 23-year-old Swede, recorded three assists in 38 regular-season games
Daniel Carcillo last saw action March 25 against the Philadelphia Flyers, he scored four goals and added four assists in 39 games during the regular season. The 30-year-old forward has yet to play in this year's postseason, but did score two goals in eight games during last spring with the New York Rangers.
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