Hossa, Shaw to travel with Blackhawks; Sharp won’t

By Chris Kuc Tribune reporter

When the Blackhawks boarded their charter flight to Denver on Thursday afternoon, Marian Hossa, Andrew Shaw and Steve Montador were scheduled to be on it. Patrick Sharp and Michael Frolik were not.

With Frolik set to meet the team in the Mile High City while he takes more time to recover from an illness, the injury news was mostly positive with the exception of Sharp, who will not play Friday night when the Hawks face the Avalanche—and possibly quite a bit longer.

Sharp suffered an apparent shoulder injury when he was checked along the boards by Colorado’s Ryan O’Byrne during the Hawks’ 3-2 victory on Wednesday night at the United Center.

A source said the severity of Sharp’s injury and the length of time the veteran will miss were still being determined Thursday.

Hossa was a late scratch from Wednesday’s game with an upper-body injury while Shaw left during the second period after taking an elbow to the chin from Paul Stastny. The fact the players were to make the trip is a good indication they will play Friday night.

A league source said the NHL’s Dept. of Player Safety reviewed the play but did not schedule a hearing for Stastny so no disciplinary actions were to be taken.

Montador was active from the injury list prior to Wednesday game but was a scratch against the Avs late that night.

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