Sharp has been out since suffering an apparent leg injury against the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 4. He was expected to miss 3-4 weeks. He began practicing with the team again on Tuesday.
“We’re going to count him out for [Friday’s game against the Canadiens],” Quenneville said after practice on Thursday. “Likely, probably next week on the trip.
“We want him to be more than ready. I think whether it’s more contact or he’s comfortable in all areas where he feels that strength underneath him. The pushing and the shoving in the tight areas is what we’re looking at. And we have time, so let’s make sure, like I said, he’s more than ready.”
Sharp has three goals and six assists in 13 games this season. He led the Blackhawks with 34 goals and 78 points last season.