Injuries were the primary topic at Blackhawks practice Monday. Winger Martin Havlat skated on his own and is expected to meet with general manager Dale Tallon Monday afternoon.
“We should know in another week, two weeks where he's at," said coach Denis Savard.
While the Hawks have no new information regarding Havlat's shoulder injury, Savard still expects his star to miss 3-4 weeks as originally anticipated. “Hopefully he'll be able to play the rest of the year, and I think he will," Savard said. "He wants to."
Left winger Rene Bourque will be out another week with a groin injury. The injury occurred in the game last Saturday and forced Savard to switch up his lines. That put rookie Patrick Kane on a line with Robert Lang and Jason Williams, and the combination saw success in the win over Dallas.
“It turned out to be a pretty good line,” Savard said.
Last season saw the Hawks at 4-3 before Havlat went down. Now the Hawks stand at 3-2 and are again without Havlat. “Dale and Stan [Bowman] did a hell of a job this summer to get more depth on our team,” Savard said. “You're going to miss Havlat. You're going to miss Bourque. But we have people to replace them right now.”
Savard has confidence in Kane and fellow rookie Jonathan Toews. “As we progress here, game six coming up, you see them making good decisions.”
Savard also said that center Yanic Perreault, who missed Saturday's game with a charley horse, will be ready for Wednesday's game against St. Louis.
Power play goals have been the difference in the last two Blackhawks wins. “Our power play has been great; it's won two games for us. They were executing the plays they were asked to execute, they just weren't scoring. You get worried when chances are not there, but the chances were there and the power play is fine,” Savard said.
As far as the one-goal games, Savard believes it proves his squad can play under pressure. He said he wouldn't be surprised to see 50 one-goal games with the Blackhawks winning 30 of them.
“Our team is feeling good. We're playing with a lot of confidence. Hopefully it stays that way," Savard said.
Monday's line combinations (corrected from earlier this afternoon):