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Why didn't -- or don't -- the Hawks recall a player?

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DALLAS -- For the first time all season, the Blackhawks took the ice a player short when Bryan Bickell was ruled out with an illness just before the game against the Stars Thursday.

It could be argued that Bickell's absence and the lack of a recall hurt line rotations and forced too many players to take double shifts. But that would truly fail to explain the horrendous effort that the Hawks put forth against the Stars in a 5-0 loss.

"[Bickell] was fine this morning," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I asked if he was ready to go and [he said] he was. But he presented as real sick before the game."

What about a backup plan?

"It can happen like that," Quenneville said. "Our thought-process was that he was good to go and things can change quickly."

The Hawks are already without defenseman Brian Campbell (left leg) and center Dave Bolland (concussion).

There are no reasons not to recall a defenseman with Campbell out -- not even cap constraints.

The Hawks don't have to put defenseman Jordan Hendry (torn ACL) on injured reserve, because there is no limit on roster size after the trade deadline.

For the time being, Quenneville has turned to John Scott on the back end and appears to be pleased with what the big man has done.

"He's done a nice job in the minutes he does play," Quenneville said. "He's gotten more patience with the puck than we've seen early on. Defensively, he defends well and he's got a big body. He's been controlling the puck area pretty well.

"With that size and that reach he can influence a lot of plays. He can come up with a lot of loose pucks. ... He gives us an added presence in our lineup as well."

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Dont think it woulda mattered. You could tell from the get go that they were totally flat... Like the whole team was in a fog.. not shooting with an open look.. D men wandering all over...This team may make the playoffs... but wont make it out of round one.. We still need at least 2 more physical/energy wingers. Still dont have it. And Crawford is burned out.. How can Q not see it.. Good god.. last night he was eyeballing softball slap shots and he couldnt squeeze the glove.. he was flopping all over.. Let Turco play the next 2.. Bottom line.. its a good team.. but they still need 2 more gritty/in your face guys to solidify the bottom 2 lines. Johnson and Campoli were great pick ups. Campoli easily is the most agressive hitter out there. Plus.. he can actually hit the net when he shoots. Im gonna pass out if Keith winds up for another open look and hammers it 5 feet over the net. One final note.. Campbell seems to be the link on this team. When hes out.. they dont play well. Hes a calming influence who sets the table on the break out... His injury came at a bad time.. Come on Soupy... you are needed... BADLY!!!!!

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