Patrick Kane is expected to be in the lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks when they face the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night at the United Center.
The winger missed Tuesday's practice with strep throat, which Kane said he's been dealing with since Christmas Eve.
"It's never fun to miss a day at the rink," Kane said following the Hawks' morning skate. "Especially after you have four (days) off for Christmas. It's good to be back.
"I think the worst is over now," added Kane, who is taking antibiotics. "(I'll) just try to get through it tonight, I guess."
Kane said the illness affected him during the Hawks' 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night. The 23-year-old was held off the scoresheet in 17 minutes, 40 seconds of ice time.
"Not the best I've felt out there," Kane said of playing against the Blue Jackets. "Not too much energy. You just try to get through games like and try to make simple plays. I'll probably try to do the same tonight, just make simple plays and hopefully make the right ones at times and get some production."
Defenseman Steve Montador, who missed Tuesday's practice for what coach Joel Quenneville said was "maintenance," will play.
Not in the lineup are winger Daniel Carcillo and center Marcus Kruger. Carcillo will miss his sixth consecutive game with what is believed to be a concussion and Kruger will sit out his second in three games with likely the same condition. Quenneville added Kruger "is close. He's feeling alright."
Quenneville said Carcillo should play Friday night against the Detroit Red Wings at the UC.
One-timer: Corey Crawford will make his third consecutive start in goal for the Hawks.
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