As the wounded Blackhawks stagger their way to finish line over the final weeks of the season, some help is on the way — at last. Winger Bryan Bickell, who has not played since March 19 because of an upper-body injury, said he is "100 percent" and will play Thursday against the Wild. "He was flying there at practice. He has been skating really well," coach Joel Quenneville said Wednesday. "Certainly you can use his size and his speed and his pace and some physicality to his game, which is noticeable. And he definitely was playing his best hockey going into that injury." The Blackhawks were considering playing Bickell on their recent trip but decided in favor of giving him some extra time to heal even though Bickell was skating with the team. "All those skates got me in better shape than I was before," Bickell said. "It was good getting out there, getting the feel, and (I'm eager) to give the team a spark." Defenseman Michal Rozsival, who has been out since March 16 because of a lower-body injury, skated in practice Wednesday but said he is out for Thursday's game. He said he "might" play Friday against the Blue Jackets in Columbus. "I'm not sure, can't really say 100 percent right now. …" Rozsival said. "(Wednesday) was my first full practice with the team after a while, so I'm excited." Maintenance day: While Bickell and Rozsival were on the ice, three Blackhawks besides injured stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were not.
Bryan Bickell says he's '100 percent' for return
Chicago Tribune | Apr 3