It’s late January, and the Blackhawks will play the seventh game of a long road trip in San Jose on Thursday night. Whenever those two scenarios meet, there are usually players missing from the lineup. Throughout this season, we’ve seen Jordan Hendry step in for Brent Sopel, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Cam Barker and even in a forward role at times. There have also been occasions when the Blackhawks have needed the shuttle running a kid back and forth from Rockford to have a full roster.
With the exceptions of Dave Bolland and Adam Burish, both of whom have missed most of the season to date, the Blackhawks will be fully together on the ice for the biggest game on the Western Conference calendar in 2010.
Hjalmarsson didn’t practice on Thursday, but is reportedly good to go for the game. Sopel, who’s been banged up and missed Tuesday night’s game in Edmonton, will also be active for Thursday night’s game.
Cristobal Huet will start in net for Chicago.
The Sharks, on the other hand, will be without Dan Boyle on their blue line this evening.