The most disconcerting development on the Blackhawks injury front Saturday was that Patrick Kane did not finish practice.
The good news is that Marian Hossa did, and he sounded more encouraged by his progress afterward.
Still, neither will play Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings. Viktor Stalberg (head) is also out.
"Kane didn't finish practice; so we'll see how he presents in the morning," coach Joel Quenneville said. "But that's all part of the process. Hossa had a good skate. Hopefully, he can play before Christmas and we'll see from there."
Kane (ankle) may have tweaked his injury when he got tangled up with assistant coach Mike Kitchen.
"The same thing happened the other day," Quenneville said. "It's part of getting yourself out there and getting through a full practice."
Stalberg hasn't skated since getting boarded by the Colorado Avalanche's Ryan O'Byrne on Wednesday. It's possible he resumes skating Sunday as part of his recovery. If not, Quenneville said Stalberg will skate Monday or Tuesday.
"Viktor is probably in the same place as he was the past couple days, which is OK," Quenneville said.
Wednesday's game against the Nashville Predators looks like a real possibility for Hossa, who will skate again Sunday.
"It's getting better," Hossa said. "If it's still not at the comfort level of where I can perform, I'd rather take an extra few days and make sure I'm ready for the next game.
"I wouldn't say [it's] pain, but there are some uncomfortable moments. That's the whole issue."