The Blackhawks trained on a suburban rink in Burnaby, British Columbia, on Monday before catching a flight to Edmonton where they’re expecting to be joined by center Dave Bolland. He’s been recovering from back surgery but will participate in Tuesday’s morning skate before the Hawks take on the struggling Edmonton Oilers. Coach Joel Quenneville and Bolland have expressed hope that Bolland can return to the lineup before the NHL breaks for the Winter Olympics on Feb. 15.
Quenneville named Cristobal Huet as his starter in goal against Edmonton in the fifth game of this eight-game road trip.
The budding feud between Hawks’ winger Andrew Ladd and Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler also flourished. Kesler had called Ladd “a coward” after Saturday’s 5-1 Canucks’ win. Ladd said “everyone got a good laugh” out of that and his teammates — especially fellow winger Kris Versteeg — chided him about it throughout Ladd’s interview with media members.