The Christmas break wasn't all that relaxing or fun for Patrick Kane. The Blackhawks forward came down with strep throat on Christmas Eve.
Kane took part in the Hawks' morning skate Wednesday after sitting out practice a day earlier. He'll play against the Los Angeles Kings.
"I'm feeling way better than [Tuesday], so I'm happy about that," Kane said. "It's always never fun to miss a day after a game, especially after you have four off for Christmas. It's good to be back today."
Kane said the "worse is over now."
"On Christmas, I had to fly back [to Chicago], so I wasn't feeling great that night," Kane said. "I thought I'd come in and be feeling a little bit better, but decided to take a day off yesterday and rest a little bit. It definitely helped."
Playing against the Blue Jackets Monday wasn't easy, though.
"It's not the best I've felt out there, not too much energy," Kane said. "You just try to get through games like that and try to make simple plays and things like that."
Who is playing?
Defenseman Steve Montador sat out Wednesday's morning skate, but will play against the Kings. He also missed practice Tuesday with what coach Joel Quenneville deemed "a maintenance day."
Daniel Carcillo (head) will not play against the Kings. Quenneville said they're targeting the Red Wings game Friday for his return. He hasn't played since Dec. 14.
With Carcillo out, enforcer/defenseman John Scott is expected to be on the fourth line with Jamal Mayers and Michael Frolik.
Marcus Kruger (head, concussion) also will sit out against the Kings. Quenneville said "he's close and was feeling all right [Tuesday]."