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Monday, October 6, 2014

Blackhawks Injury Update: Oduya returns to practice, Rozsival still out

By on 10/06/2014 03:30:00 PM

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya returned to practice on Sunday after missing some time with a lower-body injury, as reported by Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago. Michal Rozsival however did not practice. He remains sidelined with an upper-body injury.

Oduya's return is good news for the team, as they had to trade Nick Leddy in order to get under the salary cap. Oduya spent most of practice paired with David Rundblad.

The 33-year-old veteran played in 77 games for the Hawks last season. He scored three goals and assisted on 13 others. He averaged just over 20 minutes per game and see's a lot of the time on the team's penalty kill. He finished the season with a plus-11 record.

Rozsival, who was penciled in as the team's seventh defenseman last season, remains out with an upper-body injury. Head coach Joel Quenneville said Rozsival could skate later on this week but was nonetheless doubtful for Thursday's season opener in Dallas against the Stars.

Rozsival played in 42 games last season. He finished with one goal and seven assists. He also played 17 games in the playoffs, where he got a goal and five assists.

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