DALLAS -- After spending nine years in a Dallas Stars uniform, Chicago BlackhawksMarty Turco will start against his former team for the first time on Friday. goaltender "Pretty excited about it," Turco said. "My family is going to come on down, and we'll see some old friends. It's not that far removed." Turco, who had 262 wins with the Stars and led them to the playoffs five times, including a conference finals appearance, signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks as a free agent last summer. "When the schedule came out, it seemed like it was a long time away, not getting there until February, but it was probably a good thing, getting used to a new team and new city," Turco said. Turco, who is 11-11-2 with a 3.10 goals-against average, has started just three of the Blackhawks' past 15 games as he backs up Corey Crawford. He lost his previous start Friday against Vancouver.
"It's a big game, period," said Turco, who will be honored before the game. "But on top of it, I'm sure there will be some emotions. I think I'll be all right handling them."
CHICAGO -- When they showed up to the United Center for their morning skate Wednesday, the Chicago Blackhawks were told they'd be without head coach Joel Quenneville, who was admitted to a hospital with an undisclosed medical condition.
Quenneville, who went to the emergency room late Tuesday night, was in stable condition by the time the skate ended; although he was still undergoing medical tests for a "non-cardiac" condition. Quenneville, 52, will not coach the Hawks in Wednesday night's game against the Minnesota Wild (8 p.m., Versus). Assistant Mike Haviland was named acting head coach for the game.
"Joel presented severe discomfort late last night at his home in suburban Chicago," Blackhawks head team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement released Wednesday. "He went to the emergency room and was admitted early this morning. He is currently in stable condition and is being treated for an undisclosed health concern today, not of cardiac nature."
Recently, several Blackhawks players missed practices and games with a diagnosed flu virus, but there was no word as to whether Quenneville's ailment is related. Not much was released about Quenneville's condition, even to Hawks players.
"All we know is that he's in the hospital," rookie center Jake Dowell said. "They kind of came and talked to us this morning, but that's pretty much it. You never want to hear about somebody being sick or being in the hospital, so it's never good. But we have to deal with it and hopefully he gets better soon."
Star forward Patrick Kane, who will play against Minnesota after missing practices Monday and Tuesday because of the flu, had similar thoughts.
"Anytime you hear that somebody's in the hospital, it's definitely scary news," said Kane, who took intravenous fluids Wednesday to be ready for the game against the Wild. "More importantly, we can go out there and get him a win tonight and make him happy where he is."
Chicago (28-22-6) trails the Wild (30-21-5) by three points in the Western Conference standings, with both teams currently sitting just outside the top eight playoff spots.
"Tonight's a really important game, because Minnesota's right there with us and we need this game," Kane said. "It's a huge game for us. It's going to be tough to not have our leader behind the bench, but at the same time we can do some special things out there and hopefully get a win for him."
That extra motivation is what concerns Minnesota coach Todd Richards most about the game from a strategic point.
"Our main concern is just Joel not being here and, obviously, our thoughts are with him," Richards said. "They're going to be ready tonight. Their leader isn't here. I know Joel's really respected in the hockey world and I know for a fact he's respected in that room by the players. So, the players have motivation to go out and play for Joel."
Quenneville's absence could go the other way, though. It could become a distraction if the Hawks aren't careful. Haviland -- who will make his NHL debut as a head coach -- isn't concerned about that possibility.
"We're all professionals," he said. "We can move forward. Our thoughts are for sure with (Quenneville) and his kids, but certainly these guys are professional and we know what's at hand here. Guys were pretty upbeat on the ice. They asked a lot of questions, but we certainly don't have a lot of answers right now. But they knew what's at stake tonight against a good Minnesota team."
Haviland said he will roll the forward lines, while Mike Kitchen will handle the defense. The pair will work on matchups together.
As for the team's chemistry with Haviland as the head coach, Kane isn't worried.
"This is my third year with (Quenneville)," Kane said. "You get pretty comfortable with a coach and you know what he's going to do in certain situations, but I'm sure [Haviland] knows exactly how he coaches and will try to do the same things."
As a member of the struggling Senators, Chris Campoli had no chance of playing in the playoffs this season.
The way his new team is going, it's looking like the defenseman will get that opportunity while wearing an Indian head on his sweater.
Campoli was acquired by the Blackhawks in a trade Monday afternoon, and a few hours later his new teammates outlasted the Wild 4-2. The win was the Hawks' fifth consecutive and vaulted them past Minnesota, Dallas, Calgary and Los Angeles into fifth place in the Western Conference.
"I was telling someone I can have a realistic conversation about the Stanley Cup in a sentence," said Campoli, who had three goals and 11 assists with Ottawa, which is last in the East with 51 points. "What I like about the situation is they're upbeat, up-tempo (and) high energy."
Speaking of high energy, the Hawks continue to play with it, having earned at least one point in nine of their last 10 games. Leading the way Monday night was Jonathan Toews, who had a goal and two assists. Patrick Sharp added a goal and an assist and Tomas Kopecky and Marian Hossa also scored.
"We don't even feel like we're on a hot streak right now," said Toews, who is on a six-game points streak with four goals and seven assists.
After a scoreless first, the Hawks scored three goals in the second. Sharp started it when he fired in a one-timer from the bottom of the right circle off a Toews pass. Kopecky made it 2-0 a short time later when he chipped in a loose puck in the slot.
The Hawks' third goal was a work of art as Toews broke in two-on-one with Patrick Kane, and after taking a perfect saucer pass from Kane that floated over the stick of the Wild's Clayton Stoner and onto Toews', the captain scored.
Minnesota mounted its comeback in the third, but Hossa squelched it with a short-handed goal off a two-on-one break with Toews with 1 minute, 52 seconds remaining.
"Every win gives us confidence," Hossa said. "This win was huge. We need to climb."
The Hawks sent minor leaguer Ryan Potulny and a conditional second-round pick in 2011 to Ottawa for Campoli and a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2012 draft.
"Chris Campoli has been a steady performer for a number of years," Hawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "His skill and his experience are going to be a nice addition to our club. It's a definite upgrade."
Campoli, 26, hasn't yet joined the Hawks as he works on visa issues that will allow him to work in the United States.