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Healthier ‘Hawks: Handzus in Friday, Shaw could be back Sunday

Dec 6, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

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Bryan Bickell, Michal Handzus AP

The Chicago Blackhawks are walking into Friday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks a little bruised and battered, but they’re starting to show signs of healing.’s Tracey Myers provides some injury updates for the Blackhawks, which are generally positive.

Most pressingly, Michal Handzus is shaking off his illness to play against the Ducks tonight and Andrew Shaw (upper body) is close to returning and could play as soon as Sunday against the Florida Panthers.

Going further, Bryan Bickell (lower body) may begin skating again next week. Bickell, 27, hasn’t played since Nov. 19.

The Blackhawks come into tonight with two consecutive 4-3 losses, prompting some criticism for goalie Corey Crawford. They play three of their next four games at home.

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