Defenseman Brian Campbell joined his Blackhawks teammates on the ice for the first time in just over three weeks Wednesday at the United Center.
Campbell, of course, won't play against the Los Angeles Kings. He also questioned whether he would be able to play against the Minnesota Wild (Saturday) or New York Rangers (Monday). Coach Joel Quenneville had targeted those games earlier in the week.
"I'm feeling better every day," said Campbell, who suffered a sprained right knee Oct. 1 in preseason play. "It's nice to be back out there with the guys and enjoying some time with them.
"I need to get in shape here. I feel good [with my] recovery, but it's not like [I'm in] game shape yet. It was my first day with the guys. It was a good challenge and I'm feeling better everyday. I'd like to get back as soon as possible. But I'm not sure when that date is yet."
Campbell is also adjusting to using a brace. He will wear one for the rest of the season.
"There's a lot of guys that wear braces on our team." he said. "I was worried about it, but today I don't even have it in my head. I feel pretty good. I don't notice it at all. It's a newer brace. So it's very light and moves with your leg as well. I felt pretty strong out there with my legs today. It is pretty comfortable. You'd be surprised."
AGAINST THE KINGS
Defenseman Jordan Hendry is back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch in three consecutive games. John Scott is out.
Backup Jonathan Bernier is in net for the Kings. The Kings play at the Dallas Stars on Thursday. Marty Turco is in net for the Hawks.