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Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Sharp Could Be Out For Extended Time After Injury

Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks won yet again on Wednesday night. The win extended their streak to 11 games in a row, which is a franchise record, in addition to the 24 consecutive games with a point they have to start the season.

That doesn’t mean that this one didn’t come without bad news. Already without Michael Frolik and Marian Hossa going into the tilt with the Colorado Avalanche, the Hawks lost another pair of key forwards over the course of the game.

The first was Andrew Shaw. Shaw took an elbow to the dome in the second period, courtesy of Paul Stastny. No penalty was called and Shaw did not play in the third period. The extent of his injury is not known, but it doesn’t sound like it’s too terrible. He’ll be re-evaluated on Thursday.

As far as Patrick Sharp is concerned, the Blackhawks could be looking at something a bit more serious. Sharp was pinned up against the boards during a cycle and left grabbing his arm, looking like he was in serious pain. It could be something like a separated shoulder, or it could end up being a broken collarbone. Either way, the outlook isn’t too great.

Which means that the Blackhawks will be faced with one of their toughest tasks of the season. Sharp hasn’t been putting up the points lately, but he’s still a key piece of this team, on and off the ice.

Who the Blackhawks could look to call up to replace Sharp will be a point of interest for those that follow them in the next couple of days. Jeremy Morin and Jimmy Hayes could be the front runners to replace  him on the roster if he’s out for an extended period. If Shaw misses time as well, add Brandon Pirri to the discussion as well.

It will be fun to see some young talent head to Chicago, but at the same time, when you consider the circumstances, it certainly does take away from it. We should have a better idea as to the extent of the injuries on Thursday.