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Carcillo out for Chicago with upper-body injury

Friday, 12.16.2011 / 3:56 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Carcillo out for Chicago with upper-body injury
CHICAGO – After missing practice Thursday, Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo missed the morning skate Friday at United Center and won’t play Friday night against the visiting Anaheim Ducks.

Carcillo is out with an undisclosed upper-body injury that ocurred at some point during the Hawks’ last game Wednesday against the Minnesota Wild. Carcillo was involved in a fight in that game against the Wild’s Brad Staubitz, but Hawks coach Joel Quenneville didn’t say whether the injury occurred in the scrap.

Chicago recalled forward Ben Smith from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League on Thursday and could insert him into the lineup against the Ducks. Smith was with the fourth line during the morning skate.

As for Carcillo’s injury, Quenneville said it wasn’t considered serious Thursday and stuck with that assessment Friday.

“We said the other day we don’t think it’s serious and we’ll leave it at that,’ ” Quenneville said. “That’s where we’re at with it.”

Quenneville also said that forward prospect Jeremy Morin might have gotten the call-up instead of Smith – who’d been sent down Monday – if Morin weren’t serving an AHL suspension for an elbowing incident.
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