Blackhawks right wing Patrick Sharp will miss between three and four weeks with what coach Joel Quenneville said is an upper-body injury suffered in Wednesday’s game against the Avalanche. Kane won’t need surgery, Quenneville said. Right wing Marian Hossa will play after missing Wednesday’s game with an upper-body injury.
“It’s a weird type of injury,” Johnson said. “You never know how long it’s going to take. It’s definitely tough sitting out and watching the guys play and missing as many games as I did. I wish it was quicker, but you only get one brain, so you have to make sure you’re ready to go. Everything feels good. If it didn’t, I wouldn’t be playing.”
Barrie, a 21-year-old rookie, has one goal and five assists in 15 games.
“He’s had a drop-off his last two games,” Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said of Barrie. “He hasn’t played the way he’s capable of playing. He’s a typical young player having some tough ups and downs. He needs to be a little more responsible defensively.”
Injuries: Patrick Sharp (upper body)
Matt Hunwick – Ryan O’Byrne
Shane O’Brien – Greg Zanon