The Blackhawks have lost six of their last seven games in regulation, but they could be getting a major boost soon. And it would come at a perfect time.
Kirby Dach was a full participant at practice on Monday at Fifth Third Arena and didn't appear to be limited in any way. He recently joined the team on their six-game road trip, which was clearly an indication that he's ahead of his original four-to-five-month timetable after undergoing right wrist surgery on Dec. 28.
But it remains unclear when the 20-year-old center could return to the lineup.
"We don’t have a timeline for him or a date set but we keep giving him more and more and that’s encouraging," head coach Jeremy Colliton said. "I think there's no reason to think there will be any setbacks. We'll just keep pushing him and we’ll see."
Dach was on the ice early working with the forward group in pre-practice drills then remained on the ice for the actual practice portion, which lasted roughly 30 minutes. He then moved to the second sheet of ice with the extras, likely for conditioning reasons, for additional work, which included faceoffs towards the end.