Daniel Carcillo expected back vs. Detroit
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks will get one player back from injury while another will make his NHL debut when they host the Detroit Red Wings in a Central Division showdown Friday night at the United Center.
Forward Daniel Carcillo is ready to play after missing the last six games with a concussion. He practiced with his team for the fourth consecutive day and coach Joel Quenneville indicated he would be in the lineup on Friday.
"It's exciting to get back in the lineup, especially against Detroit," Carcillo said Thursday. "I'm going to have to be on my game and focused. We all are. We have to bounce back from last game. It will be a good test."
Carcillo said he won't back off his edgy style of play coming off the concussion.
"I wouldn't come back if I didn't feel like I could play that way because that's the way I need to play to be effective," he said.
"He's got a chance to play with a couple good players," Quenneville said. "We'll see if it's going to stay like that, but it's certainly a good opportunity to get back in there. We look forward to his energy."
Winger Jimmy Hayes will make his NHL debut after being recalled from the AHL on Thursday. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Hayes was a 2010 draft day acquisition via trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs. His brother, Kevin, was drafted by the Blackhawks the day before the trade, and they boast former NHL players Keith Tkachuk and Tom Fitzgerald as part of their extended family.
"It's a dream come true," Hayes said. "It's what I worked for my whole life. That was a great phone call to get. It's great to get thrown right into the fire. It's a big game, Detroit-Chicago. Hopefully I can just go out there and execute and play my best."
Patrick Kane will remain at center after playing the final period there against Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Kane played in the middle the first 24 games of the season before moving back to right wing. Now he's back at center.
"The last two times I went to center it seemed like we had a little bit more balance," Kane said. "Once in Pittsburgh and once last night. We've had some good periods, had some pressure in their end and had some chances. I'm excited."
"I'm playing with two shooters so you try to get them the puck in certain situations and let them make plays," he said.
Quenneville decided to make the move back to center for Kane after watching that third period against the Kings.
"I noticed him last (Wednesday) night," Quenneville said. "He seems to have the puck a little bit more. We have more threats on both lines with him in the middle right now. That's part of it."
"I know the fans love it," Kane said. "It'll be Friday night, late December. There should be a pretty rowdy crowd so it will be fun to play in front of them."
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.