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Kane to play vs. Blues; Pisani out sick

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ST. LOUIS -- Patrick Kane is set to return from his ankle injury Tuesday against the Blues.

"I'm pretty excited and pretty happy about it," Kane said following the Hawks' morning skate at the Scottrade Center. "Skating and everything, shooting and everything, it's pretty fine. We'll see how it is during the game. Right now, it is as good as it's going to get for a while."

The Blues game Tuesday was targeted, coach Joel Quenneville said. Kane was ruled out up to three weeks after his left skate was jammed into the boards and he fell awkwardly while trying to avoid a hit Dec. 5 against the Flames.

Kane has missed the last eight games and the Hawks have gone 5-2-1. He's practiced on a line with Jonathan Toews and Troy Brouwer.

"It's good to have him back," Quenneville said. "He's looked good the last couple of days. He's doing a lot of things he wants to do. He's comfortable."

With Kane back, there will be some lineup changes. Fernando Pisani is out sick and Jordan Hendry and Ryan Johnson look like healthy scratches for the second game in a row.

Here are the Hawks' expected line combinations:

Brouwer -- Toews -- Kane

Sharp -- Kopecky -- Hossa

Bickell -- Bolland -- Skille

Scott -- Dowell -- Stalberg

In a surprise move, Ty Conklin will get the start in net for the Blues, who have won three consecutive games. The Hawks scored seven goals against Conklin in their last meeting.

St. Louis starter Jaroslav Halak won their last two games, including a 32-save shutout of the Predators.

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