Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa wore identical don’t-hit-me sweaters in their first Blackhawks practice since suffering their respective shoulder injuries.

Afterward, they took the identical approach to their return dates: whenever they’re fully ready, fully confident that they’re fully healed, and not one minute before that.

Hossa and Sharp are getting closer to returning, but both will be out tomorrow night when the Blackhawks host the Anaheim Ducks at the United Center. For their competitive sides, the wait is frustrating. For their sensible sides, it’s the smart move.

Hossa talked about reaching a “comfort level.”

“The conditioning is pretty good, but the strength needs to be better,” Hossa said. “Obviously, you want to make sure you’re 100 percent when you come back instead of coming back early and hurting it again. When I’m ready to play, I’ll play.”