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Quenneville says veteran Carcillo should play this homestand

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 11:28 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — It’s all systems go for Daniel Carcillo, and the winger is just waiting for coach Joel Quenneville to hit the launch button.

Carcillo said he has recovered completely from a lower-body injury that one source said was a right knee sprain. The veteran was a scratch when the Blackhawks faced the Canucks on Tuesday. Carcillo has not played since suffering the injury Jan. 19 in the season-opener against the Kings.

“I’ve been skating and getting in shape,” Carcillo said after Tuesday’s morning skate. “I feel good. It’s healed so I’m ready to play.”

With the Hawks’ strong start, Quenneville has been in no rush to hurry Carcillo into the lineup.

“The team is doing really well — they’re rolling,” Carcillo said. “For me, it’s just worrying about myself and being ready for when and if I get a call soon to come back in.”

That will be sometime in the next two games as Quenneville said of Carcillo: “We expect him (to play) on this homestand.” The Hawks have three games remaining at the UC, including Friday against the Sharks, before they hit the road.

Still out: Ray Emery started his third consecutive game in goal for the Hawks while Corey Crawford recovers from an upper-body injury.

Crawford skated before the morning skate and Quenneville said the goalie “did well. We’ll get him on again (Wednesday) and hopefully he’s progressing.”

The other Cory: Cory Schneider got the call in goal for the Canucks after Roberto Luongo started two of the last three games. Recently, coach Alain Vigneault jokingly flipped a coin during a news conference before announcing who would start a game. Apparently, more goes into making the decision — but Vigneault won’t reveal his method.

“There are a lot of factors, especially when you have two quality goaltenders like we do,” Vigneault said. “I’ve been pretty consistent ... since the beginning (that) I keep that to myself without divulging any of the reasons and that’s what we’re going to continue to do.”

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