Patrick Kane was on the ice at practice Thursday. Then he came off and went into the locker room. He came back, skated a little bit and then went off again.
In other words, Kane, who suffered an ankle injury on Dec. 5, is "doubtful" for Friday's game against the Detroit Red Wings.
Kane said Wednesday after skating for the first time since suffering the injury that he was going to test his ankle at practice Thursday and during Friday's morning skate before making a decision. But now a Friday return looks unlikely.
"Kane right now is doubtful," coach Joel Quenneville said.
Is it discouraging?
"It's part of the process," Quenneville said. "He might need a day off. He was out there for two days in a row and today he might have aggravated it. I don't think it's to the extent that where it's a step in the wrong direction."
Fernando Pisani will return from his undisclosed upper-body injury. He took part in all drills Thursday. Pisani last played on Nov. 26. He's expected to return to the third line with Dave Bolland and Bryan Bickell.
Viktor Stalberg (head) and Marian Hossa (lower) will both sit out Friday's game against the Red Wings. Stalberg left Wednesday's loss to the Colorado Avalanche in the second period after getting boarded by Ryan O'Byrne.
Hossa didn't take the ice for the second day in a row, but Quenneville didn't sound discouraged.
"We're fine with his progress," Quenneville said.