Critical update released by Blackhawks on Taylor Hall

He's missed the last several games with injury.



The Chicago Blackhawks are on the verge of getting a key piece of their lineup back into action. Forward Taylor Hall, who has been on injured reserve after having suffered a shoulder injury, is expected to be able to return to the lineup in short order, perhaps even this weekend. 

“I felt good today. I just have to talk to the medical staff and see what we want to do,” Hall said. “There’s a good chance that I’m in tomorrow, but I could also not play. I just got to see how they’re feeling and give them my thoughts on how I felt today.”

"I just want to make sure that everything's checked off. I certainly don't want to have this happen again, a second and a third time. I just want to make sure everything's good."

Hall has appeared in five games this season and registered a pair of assists, his first with the Blackhawks after being acquired over the summer in a trade with the Boston Bruins. Ironically, it was a game against the Bruins in which he suffered his injury. He admits to feeling much better than after he attempted to rush back into the lineup before he was fully healed. 

"I just thought that at that moment, the shoulder would just get better day by day and it didn't," Hall said. "It just probably needed some time. It's not the medical staff's fault, it's my fault for just trying to play, maybe just being on a new team and trying to do your best for the guys in here.

Additionally, the Blackhawks are also close to getting defenseman Alex Vlasic back into the lineup. He was placed in concussion protocol after taking a heavy hit against the Vegas Golden Knights. 

The Blackhawks take on the Florida Panthers tomorrow night at United Center; the Panthers are coming off a 2-0 shutout victory over the Red Wings.

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