Reports from practice on Monday morning are that Patrick Kane should return to the ice on Tuesday night when the Blackhawks play in St. Louis. This comes at a crucial time for the Hawks, who have won four straight games are surging towards that top of the Western Conference.
The team’s defense has played outstanding hockey in the last two weeks, and the offense hasn’t fallen off despite missing Kane and Marian Hossa for an extended period. The team is now near the top of most offensive categories in the NHL.
In the coming month, the Blackhawks could make a strong push for another Central Division crown. Detroit will be without both Pavel Datsyuk (hand/wrist) and now Dan Cleary (ankle) for the next month, and the Blackhawks have a favorable schedule loaded with home games.
News from USA Hockey has been positive as well. Late Sunday night, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported that Blackhawks prospect Jeremy Morin suffered a shoulder injury during the USA’s overtime victory in the first game of the WJCs, and there was concern about the severity of the injury. McKenzie tweeted on Monday morning that Morin was not practicing with the team, but is listed now as day-to-day and has not been ruled out for the tournament.