DENVER — When the Blackhawks' charter flight took off for Denver on Thursday afternoon, Marian Hossa, Andrew Shaw, Steve Montador and Brandon Bollig were on it. Patrick Sharp and Michael Frolik were not.
With Frolik set to meet the team in the Mile High City while he takes more time to recover from an illness, the injury news was mostly positive with the exception of Sharp, who will be sidelined Friday when the Hawks face the Avalanche — and he could be out for a matter of weeks rather than days.
Ryan O'Byrne during the Hawks' 3-2 victory Wednesday at the United Center.
A source said the severity of Sharp's injury and the length of time he will miss still were being determined Thursday. When asked after the game if Sharp's injury could be season-ending, coach Joel Quenneville said, "I don't think so."
Sharp likely will be placed on the injured list. Brandon Bollig was recalled from Rockford to put the Hawks over the 23-man limit.
Hossa was a late scratch Wednesday with an upper-body injury, while Shaw left during the second period after taking an elbow to the chin from Paul Stastny. With the forwards making the trip, it's a positive indicator they will play in the rematch.
A league source said the NHL's Department of Player Safety reviewed Stastny's hit but did not schedule a hearing for the Avs forward, so no disciplinary action was taken.
After missing the first 23 games with symptoms related to a concussion, Montador was activated from the injured list Wednesday but was a scratch against the Avs.
Streaking: Goaltender Ray Emery set an NHL record with 10 consecutive victories to start a season when the Hawks defeated the Avalanche. Since signing with the Hawks before the 2011-12 season, he has a sparkling 17-0-3 record at the United Center.
"We play well (at home) and we have a good team, (so) it doesn't take a lot," Emery said. "I just kind of play solid when I get in there ... and our team finds a way to win more often than not."
Them again: The Hawks will look to extend their streak of games to start the season without a regulation loss to 25 on Friday against an Avs team that nearly ended the remarkable run.
Colorado held a third-period lead before the Hawks came back on goals by Jonathan Toews and Daniel Carcillo to win it.
"I expect the same type of game; really tight defensively, fast-paced, up and down the ice (and) very physical," Toews said. "We'll have to play a smart road game if we want to give ourselves a chance to win."
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