Daniel Carcillo hurt in opener

Updated: January 19, 2013, 7:51 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

LOS ANGELES -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo suffered a lower-body injury and is expected to be out for an extended period of time, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after Saturday's 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

Carcillo had to be helped off the ice after he collided with Kings defenseman Drew Doughty against the board late in the third period.

"Danny's going to miss some time here; lower body," Quenneville said after the game. "We'll know more exactly about the time frame tomorrow."

Saturday marked Carcillo's first game since tearing the ACL in his left knee against the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 2, 2012. He had season-ending surgery on Jan. 17, 2012.

Carcillo recently said he felt good and was excited for the season.

"It's been a long year," said Carcillo on Jan. 8. "But, yeah, I'm definitely excited to get started. These next two weeks aren't going to be that much fun, but after that I'll probably be the most excited guy in that room."

Carcillo played 10:53 and on 17 shifts against the Kings on Saturday. He also had an assist on a Marian Hossa goal in the first period.

Quenneville said Carcillo's injury would "likely" provide an opportunity for Brandon Saad to play. Saad was scratched from Saturday's lineup.

Quenneville believed Carcillo's injury was the sort of obstacle the Blackhawks could face in this season's compact schedule.

"That's hockey," Quenneville said. "That's exactly what we're talking about. Things are happening fast; busy road schedule right off the bat. It's just an opportunity for somebody else to come in. I thought Danny played a heck of a game."

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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