The Chicago Blackhawks
have activated Patrick Kane
from injured reserve, and the forward will play Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues
Kane had missed the last eight games with a lower-body injury.
"I'm back in," Kane told reporters after the Hawks' morning skate. "It's pretty exciting and I'm pretty happy about it, too. Skating and shooting, everything is pretty fine. We'll see how it is during the game. Right now it's probably as good as it's going to get for a while. I'll probably have to deal with it for a little bit."
Kane, the Blackhawks' third-leading scorer this season with 11 goals and 27 points, has been out since suffering the injury just 46 seconds into Chicago's 4-2 win against Calgary on Dec. 5. While the Blackhawks have won four straight games heading into tonight's meeting with St. Louis, the team initially struggled without Kane in the lineup, losing three of its first four games without him.
"It's good to have him back," said coach Joel Quenneville
. "He's looked good the last couple of days. He's doing a lot of things he wants to do. He's comfortable."
The Blackhawks and Blues enter tonight's game separated by two points in the standings and occupy the seventh and eighth spot in the Western conference, respectively.
While Kane will be back in the lineup, Chicago will be without Fernando Pisani
, who is ill. Also, Marty Turco
will start in goal while Corey Crawford
recovers from the flu.