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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."


Patrick Kane has made no secret of the fact that he's a big LeBron James fan. But sitting courtside at the United Center on Thursday night for the Bulls' big win over the Miami Heat, Kane was definitely rooting for the home team.

"We were happy for the Bulls, for sure," he said. "First and foremost, we're obviously Chicago fans in here. But I've just been a big LeBron fan ever since he came into the league. Got a great respect for what he's done throughout his career. It was nice to meet him, get a quick pic and say hi. Nothing too crazy, but it was cool, for sure."

Kane sat with Patrick Sharp, and senior director of communications Brandon Faber arranged for the two to meet James before the game. And as big a star as Kane is, he was still a little starstruck.

"He was nervous," Sharp said. "He wasn't talking very much courtside there. He knew he was going to meet LeBron and get his picture taken. He was a little antsy. I know he looks up to him as one of his favorite athletes. I know Chicago fans probably don't want to hear that, but whether you like him or hate him, you've got to respect the talent he has and what kind of athlete he is. All I know is my boy Kirk Hinrich had a heck of a game."

By Ben Meyer-Abbott
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Patrick Sharp was in Finland, playing for Canada at the International Ice Hockey World Championships, when he heard via social media about the Blackhawks' firing assistant coach Mike Haviland.

By Ben Meyer-Abbott
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Back from playing for Canada at the International Ice Hockey World Championships in Finland and Sweden, Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp said his wrist is fine and has already started to train for next season.

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.

Center Jonathan Toews will miss his 12th game in a row with concussion symptoms when the Blackhawks face the Stars in Dallas on Friday.

Toews did not partake in practice Thursday at Johnny's IceHouse after briefly skating a day earlier. He will not travel with the team to Dallas. He last played on Feb. 19 against the St. Louis Blues.

"Whether it's a setback or it's part of the process, that's what we're dealing with," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I think if we saw him out there, it would be fine. But that's all part of it.

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After a string of good luck, the Blackhawks have suffered their first significant injury of the season. Patrick Sharp will be out three to four weeks with a left wrist/hand injury.

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Not long after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against the New York Islanders on Thursday night, Patrick Sharp got even better news.

"I called my wife after the game and was expecting to hear congratulations, nice goal or good game or something," Sharp said. "The first thing she said was, 'I think I'm having the baby tonight.' I forgot about hockey pretty quick."

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By Ben Meyer-Abbott bmeyer-abbott@suntimes.com
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Patrick Sharp had seen the move before.

By Ben Meyer-Abbott bmeyer-abbott@suntimes.com
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Brandon Saad will make his NHL debut tonight alongside Blackhawks stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp on the team's top line.

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Mark Lazerus was honored nationally by the Associated Press Sports Editors for three straight years at the Post-Tribune, was named one of the top three columnists in Indiana for three straight years and has won more than 20 statewide writing awards. He has covered Notre Dame for Sun-Times Media, and now covers the Blackhawks.

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