DENVER – Here are the projected lineups for Friday night’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.
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.
Defenseman Erik Johnson will return to the Colorado Avalanche lineup after missing 11 games with a concussion. He will replace Tyson Barrie in the lineup.
“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.”
Brandon Saad – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa
Bryan Bickell – Dave Bolland – Patrick Kane
Daniel Carcillo – Andrew Shaw – Viktor Stalberg
Brandon Bollig – Marcus Kruger – Michael Frolik
Duncan Keith – Brent Seabrook
Niklas Hjalmarsson – Johnny Oduya
Nick Leddy – Michal Rozsival
Scratches: Sheldon Brookbank, Jamal Mayers, Steve Montador
Injuries: Patrick Sharp (upper body)
Jamie McGinn – Matt Duchene – PA Parenteau
Gabriel Landeskog – Paul Stastny – David Jones
Ryan O’Reilly – John Mitchell – Aaron Palushaj
Cody McLeod – Chuck Kobasew -- Patrick Bordeleau
Jan Hejda – Erik Johnson
Matt Hunwick – Ryan O’Byrne
Shane O’Brien – Greg Zanon
Scratches: Tyson Barrie, Mark Olver
Injuries: Steve Downie (knee), Milan Hejduk (torso), Ryan Wilson (ankle).