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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Oduya will miss a couple of weeks due to an upper-body injury.

With just five points and 26 PIM in 60 games to date, Oduya's absence is of more import to Chicago's blue line depth than it is to fantasy owners.

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Oduya, who left the game with an upper-body injury on Sunday in the first period, could miss a few games, ESPN Chicago reports.Oduya played one shift during the first period on Sunday. He left the ice at 2:34 of the first period and went to the locker room shortly afterward. He did not return to the game. "We'll know more tomorrow," Hawks' coach Joel Quenneville said. "We'll see how he is. Upper body, but we'll see. Might miss a few [games]." Oduya has two goals, three assists and is a minus-9 in 60 games this season. He is one of nine Blackhawks not to miss a game this season.

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Oduya registered an assist in Friday's 4-1 win over the Ducks.

While points are always a nice bonus for Oduya, his true value lies in his skills as a defender. Oduya has posted 42 hits, 88 blocked shots and five points through 48 games with the Blackhawks this season.

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Oduya (lower body) will play Saturday against the Kings, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The veteran defender is banged up, but will tough it out once again on Saturday against the Kings. The veteran defender has just two points and a plus+1 rating through 23 games this season.

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Oduya (lower body) will play Friday against the Red Wings, Tracey Myers of reports.

Oduya practiced fully Thursday, eliminating any concerns about the injury to his foot that he sustained Tuesday night while blocking a shot. The blueliner has just two points and a minus-2 rating while playing in all 16 of the Blackhawks' games this season.

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Oduya (lower body) joined the Blackhawks for Thursday's practice, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Oduya was injured late in Tuesday's win over the Lightning, but his return to practice suggests his ailment isn't particularly serious. If he's able to take part in pairing work during Friday's morning skate, there's a good chance he'll be available later that night against the Red Wings.