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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Carcillo expected back during homestand

By Scott Powers

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo is expected to return to game action during the team's current homestand, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

The Blackhawks will have three remaining games on their seven-game home stand following Tuesday. They will play the San Jose Sharks on Friday, the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday and the Edmonton Oilers on Monday.

"He feels good," Quenneville said of Carcillo after Tuesday's morning skate at the United Center. "We expect him on this homestand to play. Getting him in practice there, getting some good skates there. He looks like he's ready."

Carcillo had to be helped off the ice after he collided with Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty against the boards on Jan. 19. It was Carcillo's first game since tearing the ACL in his left knee against the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 2, 2012. He required season-ending surgery last season. The latest injury to Carcillo was to his right knee, a source told ESPNChicago.com, and did not require surgery.

Carcillo began practicing with the team again on Feb. 14.

The 28-year-old Carcillo was signed by the Blackhawks as a free agent in July of 2011. He signed a two-year contract extension in March of 2012. He has 38 goals and 47 assists in 311 career NHL games.