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Injury report: Ben Smith, Dave Bolland are day-to-day; Viktor Stalberg out 3 weeks; Patrick Sharp may return

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Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was the bearer of some good and bad news Thursday after practice at the United Center.

The Hawks lost forwards Ben Smith and Viktor Stalberg to injuries in Wednesday's 4-3 exhibition win against the Detroit Red Wings.

Quenneville said Smith (concussion) is considered day-to-day after enduring an ugly shoulder-to-head hit from Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith in the third period. NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, who has already suspended seven players this preseason for illegal hits, had a hearing with Brendan Smith on Thursday.

"Ben's OK, I guess OK," Quenneville said. "I don't want to put a timeline on him. ... It's exactly the hit that they're trying to get out of the game. That's the blow to the head, first part of the contact is the head."

Stalberg left the win over the Red Wings after suffering a left leg injury after colliding with a Red Wing. He could be out three weeks.

"He seemed OK this morning," Quenneville said. "He had a great camp. He really did. He was skating well. He had a little something going there on [Jonathan Toews'] line."

How would he characterize the play in which Stalberg got injured?

"It looked like it might have been a collision, but it looked like it could have been more than a collision," Quenneville said.

As in somebody stuck a leg out?

"We'll leave it at that," Quenneville replied.

But there was more injury news too. Center Dave Bolland is day-to-day with an undisclosed upper-body injury, but it's not related to the concussion he suffered last season.

"It's something new," Quenneville said.

Patrick Sharp (appendectomy) skated for the fifth consecutive day on his own. Quenneville said Sharp may join his teammates at practice on Friday.

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