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Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp practice

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forwards Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp returned to practice Thursday, but they will not play Friday against the Anaheim Ducks.

"They're out for (Friday)," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I don't want to go much further than that, but it was nice to see them out in practice."

Hossa has missed three games since suffering an unspecified upper-body injury against the Colorado Avalanche on March 18. He has 13 goals and 10 assists in 28 games this season.

Sharp has missed seven games since suffering an unspecified upper-body injury against the Avalanche on March 6. He has five goals and 13 assists in 24 games this season.

Both players wore white jerseys and were not allowed any contact during Thursday's practice at the United Center.

The Blackhawks' first-place standing has given Quenneville the luxury of giving Hossa and Sharp extra rest in their recoveries. The Blackhawks lead the Western Conference with 53 points in 32 games. The Ducks are in second place with 48 points in 33 games.

"I think it doesn't hurt the positioning that we're in," Quenneville said. "We want to make sure they're more than ready. I think they'll tell us when they're ready, and we'll look at everything. We'll look at the schedule as well and make sure when they do begin they'll be ready to go."

Sharp's injury was initially expected to keep him out 3-4 weeks. He said Thursday he is still near that timetable and could potentially play next week.

"I would hope so," Sharp said. "I don't want to really pin down a date, but I think the doctors and trainers know what they're doing when they put those timelines on things. I guess we're pretty close."

Hossa also is reluctant to say exactly when he will be back.

"It's getting better obviously, first practice with the team, with the guys," Hossa said. "It's better than practicing on your own. When I'm going to play, I don't like to say. I don't like to set a date. As soon as I feel like it's a comfort zone and I can play, I'll let you guys know."

While it's still unknown whether the Blackhawks will make a move before the April 3 trade deadline, some have suggested that regaining a healthy Hossa and Sharp could be the bump they need before the playoffs. Hossa, who has played on the first line, and Sharp, who has been on the second line, ranked first and second on the team in points last season.

"Any time you get healthy guys back in the lineup, it gives the guys a spark," Sharp said. "The team has been playing well. You see how hard the guys are going. All season long with no breaks, you kind of get a chance to take a deep breath, get conditioning in there and come back even stronger. I'm excited to get back, and I'm sure (Hossa) feels the same way."

Sharp was asked jokingly whether he's been the reason the Blackhawks' 24-game points streak ended. It was still intact when Sharp was injured.

"C'mon, man," Sharp said with a laugh. "I'm still undefeated, that's all I know."