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Rozsival skates, still out for Hawks against Wild

Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 1:49 PM

By Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Rozsival skates, still out for Hawks against Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival took another step in his recovery from a lower-body injury sustained last week by skating for the first time since the injury Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center, though he won't play in tonight's game against the Minnesota Wild

Rozsival has played in three of Chicago's six games to start the season, posting two assists, two hits and blocking two shots. He is a plus-2 and provides the Blackhawks with a veteran presence on the blue line.

"Not tonight," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "But we expect him soon."

Chicago opens a six-game road trip tonight against Minnesota, and Rozsival will likely be back in the lineup at some point on the trip. The Hawks are off Thursday before playing back-to-back games Friday and Saturday in Vancouver and Calgary.

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