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Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo will miss about a month and will not require surgery after suffering a lower-body injury in Saturday's season opener, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said on Sunday.
Carcillo will undergo an MRI on his right knee on Tuesday, according to a source.
Carcillo had to be helped off the ice after he collided with Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty against the boards late in the third period on Saturday. It was 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.
"Danny is probably going to be out for about a month," Quenneville told reporters in a video posted on ChicagoBlackhawks.com on Sunday. "It was unfortunate that he finally gets back in and he had 10 great minutes of ice time last night. I thought he looked very good on that line, and that was a very dangerous line for us.
"But keep your spirits up and work through it and get excited to come back again. He knows the process of working in that rehab area and the commitment that's needed to get his game back to where it was or is. It's a big process, but we'll look forward to getting him back."
Quenneville said Brandon Saad will replace Carcillo on the Blackhawks' top line, which also includes Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. The 20-year-old Saad, a 2011 second-round draft pick, was scratched from Saturday's game. He played in two regular-season games and two playoff games last season.
"Saad is a young kid," Quenneville said. "He can play with top guys. Got some offensive ability, sees plays, can make plays, protects the puck well. Danny's a little bit more versatility as far as he gives you that tough element, predictability getting in front of the net. Guys are aware when he's around."
Saad had eight goals and 12 assists in 31 games with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs during the NHL lockout.
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