When Chicago faces the Carolina Hurricanes, the Blackhawks also will be without forwards Brandon Saad and Bryan Bickell, each of whom is out with an upper-body injury, and defenseman Michal Rozsival, who has a lower-body injury. All three are considered day-to-day.
The Blackhawks, who won't have Kane for the rest of the regular season because of a lower-body injury, also won't suit up 19-year old rookie forward Teuvo Teravainen, who arrived in Chicago on Thursday from Finland.
"It is what it is," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after the morning skate. "Everybody has issues, healthwise, over the course of a season, and I don't know if there's any good time that you've got to deal with it, but we've been fortunate as far as that's gone throughout most of the season. Right now we're dealing with a little bit of it, nothing of the serious end. Missing [Kane] really gives you a lot of different things that you can try right now, and hopefully some guys absorb and take advantage of that situation."
Forward Jeremy Morin is one of those players, after being recalled from Rockford of the American Hockey League on Friday morning. It will be Morin's fourth stint in Chicago this season, and the Blackhawks are hoping he takes advantage of it.
The Hurricanes will get forward Jiri Tlusty back from a lower-body injury that caused him to miss two games, and defenseman John-Michael Liles (concussion) will return from a six-game absence. Forward Elias Lindholm and defenseman Justin Faulk will get back on the ice after missing a 3-1 victory Tuesday at the Columbus Blue Jackets with illness.
"We're getting some bodies back," Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. "It's good because we need everybody. We were missing three or four guys last game and it was a gutsy effort. The guys pulled out a big win in Columbus, but we know we've got a good opponent [Friday], so we're going to need everybody and be ready to go."
Goaltender Anton Khudobin, who made 46 saves in the win against the Blue Jackets, will start for Carolina. Corey Crawford, who picked up his second shutout of the season Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues, will start for Chicago.
Here is how the lineups for the Hurricanes and Blackhawks might look:
Scratched: Teuvo Teravainen