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Niklas Hjalmarsson will play; Patrick Sharp feels good after resting; Jonathan Toews doesn't skate

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DALLAS -- Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and winger Patrick Sharp both sat out practice prior to the Blackhawks leaving for Dallas for their game Friday against the Stars. But both of them will be in the lineup.

Hjalmarsson was initially called questionable for Friday's game by coach Joel Quenneville, but he took part in their morning skate and felt OK afterward.

Hjalmarsson also confirmed that the upper-body injury that knocked him out of the game Tuesday against the St. Louis was different than the concussion that kept him out of 13 of 14 games recently. But he wouldn't detail his current ailment, calling it a "body injury."

"I feel good," he said. I'm back playing. I'll just take it from there. It's been a little frustrating, playing a couple games then having to step off. This time, I'm back for good I hope."

Sharp was given the day off Thursday. There were concerns that he may have suffered an injury when he was boarded into the boards by Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka in the the third period on Tuesday. But he said he's OK.

"I feel good and I'm ready to rock," Sharp said. "At this time of year, Joel does a good job of monitoring fatigue and all that stuff and giving guys rest and days off when they need it. I'm ready to go [against the Stars]."

Toews' recovery process

Hawks center Jonathan Toews (concussion) didn't travel to Dallas and also didn't skate Friday morning in Chicago, Quenneville said. But Quenneville also was unsure whether he'd skate later in the day or participate in off-ice workouts.

Toews, who will miss his 12th game in a row Friday, last played Feb. 19 against the Blues. He is yet to be cleared for contact.

For more on Toews' recovery, click here.

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