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Ben Smith back with Blackhawks

CALGARY -- Playoff hero Ben Smith made his Chicago Blackhawks season debut Friday night against the Calgary Flames.

Smith, newly recalled from the minors, arrived in Calgary Thursday and skated for the first time with his team Friday morning. He took the place of an ailing Michael Frolik on the third line.

"It was something I was definitely looking forward to or hoping that would happen," Smith said of being called up. "I'm excited to be back and help out in any way I can."

Smith suffered a concussion in the preseason; he has played nine games in Rockford of the AHL, and says he's ready.

"I'm feeling great," he said. "It's been seven or eight weeks since the injury, definitely feeling ready to go. I did everything I could to get back."

Smith scored three goals in the Blackhawks' first-round playoff series loss to the Vancouver Canucks this past spring, including the overtime winner in Game 6. He can play any forward position on any line.

"Benny is useful in a lot of ways," coach Joel Quenneville said. "He can play whether it's a checking role or an offensive role. In a short amount of time last year he gave us some comfort knowing he can be spotted there. In the course of a game he can move up and play with top guys. We're happy to have him back."

Frolik suffered an upper-body injury not believed to be head related when he slid hard into the end boards in the Blackhawks' 5-1 win over Vancouver on Wednesday.

"It's sore," Frolik said after practicing Friday morning. "I will see (Saturday). Every day is a little progress, it will be all right soon."

Frolik said he hit the boards awkwardly and couldn't brace for the collision.

"I think my stick got stuck a little bit there and the stick hit me and it kind of hurts," Frolik said.

Quenneville said defenseman Brent Seabrook missed Friday's game and is doubtful for Saturday's contest in Edmonton. Seabrook suffered a left leg injury last Sunday in a game against Edmonton when he lost an edge and fell into the end boards.

The rest of the lineup was the same as the previous game as they attempt to win their fifth straight. Corey Crawford started in goal.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.