If it were May 1, or June 1, and not April 1, Patrick Sharp wouldn't be sitting out tonight.
"It's still not where it needs to be to play," the Blackhawks winger said of his injured shoulder. "But if it was Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, I'm sure I'd be out there. When it's ready to go, I'm going to play. I'm not going to miss games just to be cautious. I want to be out there and play whether our team's winning or losing."
That said, the Hawks clearly are being cautious with both Sharp and Hossa, neither of whom will play tonight in the first of three meetings this week against the Nashville Predators. Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said both "could play" Thursday against the Blues, but that he was playing it safe.
"They're real close," he said. "The fact we got a couple extra days here [we can be] more than cautious. More than ready, when they come back, is kind of what we're looking at."