Two of the Chicago Blackhawks' most dynamic offensive players, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa, will make their preseason debuts Wednesday night against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center.
Kane missed the first four preseason games while recovering from July 19 surgery on his left wrist to repair a scaphoid fracture. Hossa arrived late in camp after remaining in Slovakia following the death of close friend Pavol Demitra in the plane crash that took the lives of the KHL team Lokomotiv and then the birth of his daughter two days later.
Coach Joel Quenneville said that No. 1 goaltender Corey Crawford will start against Detroit and play the entire game. The battle for the backup goalie spot between veteran Ray Emery and rookie Alexander Salak will continue Friday night when Emery plays the entire game against the Penguins.
Meanwhile, forward Patrick Sharp skated on his own for the third consecutive day as he recovers from an emergency appendectomy on Sept. 12.
"He's progressing well," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said after Tuesday's practice. "We're very happy with where he's at. Each and every day he's able to do a ltitle bit more. We're very encouraged."
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