Chicago coach Joel Quenneville offered some good news on injured forward Patrick Sharp on Tuesday, telling reporters in Montreal that the Blackhawks' leading scorer should start skating soon.
Quenneville said last week that the Blackhawks are optimistically holding out hope that Sharp, who is out with a knee injury, will return for the final weekend of the season.
"Sharpie is progressing well here and we'll get a clear indication later on this week, but we like his progress," Quenneville said from Bell Centre, where the Blackhawks will take on the Canadiens. "I'm going to say over the next day or so he should be trying to get on the ice."
Sharp will miss his seventh straight game Tuesday and he'll be out Wednesday when Chicago returns home to play St. Louis. The Blackhawks close the regular season with a pair of game against the Red Wings, starting in Detroit on Friday and concluding in Chicago on Sunday.
Sharp injured himself in the first period of a 2-1 win at Phoenix on March 20. He collided with Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla in the first period.
He leads the Blackhawks with 34 goals and is third on the team with 68 points.
Chicago is clinging to eighth place in the Western Conference with four games to play, two more than the Calgary Flames, who trail by one point in ninth place. The Blackhawks hold a three-point lead over Dallas, which also has four games to play, including Tuesday night's against Columbus.