CALGARY, Alberta -- John Scott didn't make it through the Blackhawks' morning skate Monday at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The giant-sized enforcer sat on the Hawks bench drinking from his own water bottle as others prepared for the Calgary Flames.
The flu had withered his body.
"I got hit with the flu after the Columbus trip," Scott said. "It knocked me out for a couple days. ... There was no energy whatsoever. I really haven't eaten anything the last four or five days. I lost about 10 pounds. I need to regain my strength before I start skating again."
Scott was quarantined from the Hawks as they traveled to Vancouver. He made it to Calgary on his own Sunday afternoon. Patrick Kane, Fernando Pisani and Corey Crawford also have gotten sick this season.
"They don't want anything to happen to the guys," Scott said. "They just told me to stay away. I had to be symptom-free for 24 hours before I came back."
So don't look for Scott to be inserted in the lineup that soon, regardless of what type of players the Hawks may face.
"I'm a big guy," Scott said. "I eat quite a bit. I lost a ton of weight."