The Chicago Blackhawks faced some rare adversity on Thursday, as it was announced Patrick Sharp wouldn’t travel with the team to Denver for Friday’s game against the Avalanche.
What’s more, Sharp could miss up to three weeks of action with what appears to be an upper-body injury.
The 31-year-old forward was hurt during Chicago’s 3-2 win over the Avs on Wednesday night after he was driven into the boards midway through the third period by Colorado defenseman Ryan O’Byrne:
Sharp left the game immediately and didn’t return.
Following the contest, ‘Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville told reporters Sharp was expected to miss some time, but said the injury wasn’t season-threatening.
Sharp has been a big part of Chicago’s remarkable 21-0-3 start to the season. He’s tied for third on the team in scoring, with 18 points, and is second among all skaters with 13 assists.
In what appears to be a related move, the ‘Hawks recalled forward Brandon Bollig from AHL Rockford.