Johnny Oduya D CHI 5 days ago

Oduya collected a pair of helpers in Friday's loss to Columbus.

It was the first multi-point game of the season for Oduya, who has just eight points in 68 games on the season. He's more valuable to the Blackhawks than he is to fantasy owners, but his 114 blocked shots make him of use in some very deep leagues.

Johnny Oduya D CHI 3 weeks ago

Oduya, who missed six games because of an upper-body injury, returned Thursday night and was on the ice for almost 21 minutes in the 2-1 Blackhawks' victory over the Coyotes.

Hawks' coach Joel Quenneville said that he would be on the ice for his usual minutes and that was the case. While he had his usual minutes, Oduya had a pair of giveaways so he was a little rusty. He had a shot on goal, a hit and two blocked shots. Oduya should be much better Saturday against the Sharks.

Johnny Oduya D CHI 3 weeks ago

Oduya (upper body) has been activated from injured reserve and will play Thursday against the Coyotes, ESPN Chicago reports.

Oduya missed six games after sustaining the injury in a Feb. 22 loss to the Bruins. Coach Joel Quenneville indicated that he expects Oduya to be back at full speed right away, so look for the blueliner to see his usual 20 minutes in his return to the lineup.

Johnny Oduya D CHI 3 weeks ago

Coach Joel Quenneville confirmed that Oduya (upper body) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Coyotes, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.

All that awaits for Oduya is a formal activation from injured reserve, which should occur after Thursday's morning skate. Oduya, who has missed the Blackhawks' last six games, is expected to pair up with Niklas Hjalmarsson in his return.

Johnny Oduya D CHI 3 weeks ago

Oduya (upper body) is expected to return to the lineup Thursday against the Coyotes, Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Oduya has sat out the Blackhawks' previous six games with the upper-body injury, but looks to be trending toward a return after he was able to resume practicing with the team over the weekend. With Oduya in the fold, the Blackhawks will have their optimal six blueliners healthy. He'll more than likely replace Michal Rozsival on the team's third pairing next to Niklas Hjalmarsson.

Johnny Oduya D CHI 4 weeks ago

Oduya (upper body) practiced with the Blackhawks on Saturday, NHL.com's Brian Hedger reports.

He's been seemingly ruled out of playing Sunday's game against the Rangers, but Oduya seems to be trending toward a return to the lineup at some point next week.

Johnny Oduya D CHI 4 weeks ago

Oduya (upper body) hopes to return next week, ESPN Chicago reports.

Oduya was considered doubtful for the upcoming weekend, and his words seemingly confirm that he won't suit up. With Chicago off from Monday through Wednesday, a return for Thursday's game in Arizona is the new best-case scenario.

Johnny Oduya D CHI 4 weeks ago

Oduya (upper body) is doubtful to play in either of the Blackhawks' two games this weekend, ESPN Chicago reports.

Oduya has increased the intensity of his workouts in recent days, but he's still being held out of full practices with the rest of the team. If he continues to progress with his skating over the weekend, it's conceivable that he could be activated from IR at some point next week.

Johnny Oduya D CHI 1 month ago

Oduya (upper body) skated on his own Monday morning, CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers reports.

While Oduya is expected to miss at least another game or two, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said the defenseman's Monday participation is a good sign. Oduya may thus stand some chance to return for Friday's game against the Oilers.

Johnny Oduya D CHI 1 month ago

Oduya (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.

Oduya has missed nearly a week with the injury and is slated to miss at least another one, so the decision to place him on IR doesn't register as much of a surprise. The transaction will open up a spot on the 23-man roster for an extra player, should the Blackhawks choose to fill the vacancy.