Blackhawks star winger Patrick Kane is going to be out of the lineup for three weeks.
"We're hoping that's the maximum," coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday after practice at the United Center.
Neither Quenneville nor the Hawks would specify what type of injury Kane suffered but sources and replays point to a left ankle injury.
"You can speculate where it is, but certainly that's the extent of it," Quenneville said when asked specifically if it was an ankle injury.
Replays showed that Kane's left skate became lodged against the boards when Calgary Flames defenseman Cory Sarich struck, bending his leg and ankle awkwardly. He left the game Sunday after just one 23-second shift and required help to the Hawks locker room.
"Any injuries you have to know when they're ready, they're ready to go," Quenneville said. "You don't come back and compromise yourself."
In other injury news, Fernando Pisani (upper) is expected resume skating later this week and Marian Hossa (lower) by the end of the weekend.
Neither Hossa nor Pisani will play Wednesday against the Dallas Stars. Pisani looks like an option for the two-game trip to San Jose and Colorado Saturday and Monday.