Bickell (lower-body) will make his return to the Blackhawks lineup tonight.
Bickell missed nearly one month after being injured on November 19. He appeared in 22 games before getting hurt, he recorded five goals and one assist. He will skate on the third line with Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad.
The Blackhawks have activated Bryan Bickell (lower-body) from injured reserve.
Bickell has not played since November 19 against the Avalanche. In 22 games this season he has registered five goals and one assist. With his activation from IR the Blackhawks have returned Jeremy Morin to the AHL. Bickell will likely make up one of the NHL's best third lines with Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Bickell will practice today, expects him to play before Christmas, maybe return against the Canucks on December 20.
Bickell has missed the last 12 games with a lower-body injury that he suffered in the first period of a game vs. Colorado on November 19. He has not been the offensive force that he was in last year's playoffs (5G /1A in 22 games) but his physical presence will be a welcomed addition to the Blackhawks lineup.
The Blackhawks have placed Bryan Bickell (lower-body) on injured reserve retroactive to November 19.
Bickell has missed the Blackhawks' last 10 games after being injured in the first period on November 19 vs. Colorado. Bickell skated during Sunday's morning skate which suggests he is nearing a return, but his placement on IR allowed the Hawks to recall goaltender Kent Simpson. Bickell is eligible to come off of IR and play whenever he is healthy, however the Blackhawks would have to make a roster move in order to activate him.