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Winger Daniel Carcillo had plenty of good things going on a line with Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa, but then as he put it his play "just dipped a little bit."

It resulted in him dropping to the fourth line and then out of the lineup. But after being a healthy scratch for the first time this season against the Kings on Saturday, Carcillo will be in against the Coyotes at the United Center on Tuesday.

LOS ANGELES -- The circus trip is over. Some games were ugly; some games were good. In the end, the Blackhawks finished with a .500 record on the six-game trip.

So what did the Hawks learn about themselves? Here they are in their own words:

LOS ANGELES -- Goalie Corey Crawford hasn't played in back-to-back games in consecutive days all season, but that's about to change on Saturday.

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A few days ago, things looked good for defenseman Brent Seabrook. He was back practicing with the Blackhawks after sitting out three games with a leg injury and afterward said he was "feeling good."

But Seabrook's absence at the Hawks' morning skate in San Jose on Wednesday and during practice in Anaheim on Thursday suggests otherwise.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Coach Joel Quenneville didn't seem too happy when he met the media following the Blackhawks' morning skate at H.P. Pavilion.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- With some pressure to respond after two tough losses in Edmonton and Calgary, the Blackhawks are inching closer to full strength.

CALGARY, Alberta -- Ben Smith had a big smile across his face when the media cornered him in the Blackhawks locker room at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

CALGARY, Alberta -- The Blackhawks made it official on Thursday. Ben Smith is coming, and Rostislav Olesz is going.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Sorry, Henrik and Daniel Sedin. Blackhawks center Dave Bolland will be back in the Blackhawks lineup Wednesday night after missing three games with a foot injury.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- What do the Blackhawks do with Rostislav Olesz?

That's been the question since the former first-round was pick was acquired in a salary-swap with the Florida Panthers for defenseman Brian Campbell.

General manager Stan Bowman said it was a matter of finding exactly where Olesz, once a highly regarded winger with possibly top-six potential, fits with the Hawks. Right now, it looks like nowhere.

Defenseman Brent Seabrook is day-to-day with a leg injury after leaving Sunday's win against the Oilers after losing an edge while on the offensive attack and falling awkwardly into the end boards.

Seabrook appeared to be favoring his left leg as he came off the ice. His injury comes at a bad time with Dave Bolland already recovering from a foot injury and a six-game road trip about to begin.

Seabrook was re-examined Monday, but the Hawks were off and didn't meet the media. However, Seabrook did travel with the Hawks on Monday to Vancouver, where they begin their annual circus trip against the rival Canucks.

Here's a video of the play (courtesy of CSN):

Dave Bolland's foot injury -- while not considered serious by the Hawks -- is going to take a few more days to recover before he can play again.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- John Scott's attempt to fight Ryan Reaves of the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday was his latest failure at trying to find a willing opponent this season.

And, he's getting sick of it.

Scott will be back in the lineup Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets as he and Steve Montador make up the final defensive pairing for the Hawks for the second game in a row.


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Dave Bolland is back on the mend. The pesky Blackhawks center is questionable with a lower-body injury and is expected to miss Thursday's game against the Blue Jackets.

ST. LOUIS -- Defenseman Duncan Keith is back in the Blackhawks lineup -- and so are defenseman John Scott and winger Rostislav Olesz.

ST. LOUIS -- Consider new St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock a fan -- and not a fan -- of the play of Patrick Kane at center.

It should come as no surprise that the Blackhawks' lines and defensive pairings were different Monday at practice. Their loss to the Canucks on Sunday was an ugly one, and some players were already struggling before that.

"Whether it was coming or not, [the loss against the rival Canucks] was a game that gets your attention in a lot of ways," coach Joel Quenneville said after practice. "When you look at things, you don't mind making changes on a merit basis. Guys will get different opportunities and a get chance to enhance their opportunity going forward."

Some of the changes include possibly getting defenseman Duncan Keith (finger/hand injury) back in the lineup after three games, dropping Andrew Brunette down from the first line and getting Rostislav Olesz some playing time after he was scratched 12 games.

Here's a look at the new lines and defensive pairings from practice Monday:

Duncan Keith is ready to get out of the uncharted waters he finds himself in. After missing three games in a row with a finger/hand injury, the standout defenseman said he's optimistic that he'll play Tuesday for the Blackhawks against the Blues in St. Louis.

The Vancouver Canucks are struggling. They have injuries to overcome, and they look nothing like the team that eliminated the Blackhawks from the playoffs in a seven-game series last season.

But the Hawks have had Sunday's game against them circled for a while. By no means will they ever look past the rival Canucks.

TAMPA, Fla. -- Defenseman Duncan Keith will miss his second consecutive game with a hand injury against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday. The hope is that he can play against the rival Vancouver Canucks at the United Center on Sunday.

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Defenseman Duncan Keith won't be in the Blackhawks lineup Thursday night against the Florida Panthers.

Officially, he's day-to-day with an upper-body injury. But replays showed he blocked a shot with his left hand against the Nashville Predators in Monday's win at the United Center. He didn't return after it.

Discover launched a new ad featuring Hawks star Patrick Kane and its popular "Peggy" character on Tuesday night. Here's the video of the ad:


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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times since 2005, covering the Hawks since 2009. He's also helped cover the Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools. Follow him on Twitter:@adamjahns



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