The Chicago Blackhawks have already won the Western Conference crown and will have home-ice throughout the playoffs. And the good news just keeps on rolling for the team out of the windy city when it was reported by the Chicago Tribune that sniper Patrick Sharp will return to the Hawks lineup on Wednesday when they travel to Edmonton to take on the Oilers.
The 31-year old has missed 19 games this season, mostly to injury and has struggled to find the back of the net as a result. He as scored just 5 times this season while adding 13 assists in 26 games played.
A top six forward on a team that boasts one of the most lethal offenses in the league, Sharp has been a key contributor to the Hawks success over the years. Despite his absence this season the Blackhawks have continued to win, dropping just six games in regulation with three left on the schedule.
The remaining games will be used as a tune-up for the Hawks as they get set to enter the second season. Their first-round opponent is yet to be determined but this much we do know; a healthy Patrick Sharp for the playoffs will only help the Blackhawks while adding yet another threat to whomever they play starting Aprill 30th.