Patrick Sharp attended the birth of his first child and he plans to be there for the birth of his second.

The winger is prepared to miss an upcoming game if his wife Abby goes into labor during a Blackhawks game. The baby is due next week and with the Hawks about to kick off a stretch of six games in 11 nights there's a distinct possibility Sharp will be wearing a hospital gown instead of a hockey sweater during one of the games.

"I plan on being there for my wife and family" Sharp said Monday. "Sometimes you get messed up with flights and that stuff but I plan on missing a game if I have to."

Among the six upcoming games are road trips to St. Louis and Carolina but that won't stop the father-to-be if he can get back to Chicago in time for the birth.

"It all depends on logistics" Sharp 31 said. "If I can get back in time and it makes sense to leave I will. I don't want to miss a game but (I will if needed). The first one couldn't have worked out better with an off-day between two games but some things are family first."

Sharp is no doubt hoping for a similar scenario to when Madelyn Grace Sharp was born Dec. 9 2011. The veteran scored a goal in overtime to give the Hawks a win over the Islanders the night before his daughter's birth and did it again three nights later against the Sharks in the Hawks' next game.

Local hero: It will be a homecoming for Brandon Bollig when the Hawks face the Blues on Wednesday night. Bollig an avid Cardinals fan was born in St. Charles Mo. and always gets a kick out of playing in St. Louis.

The winger also gets plenty of requests for tickets from family and friends. Bollig said he plans to buy tickets for his immediate family for Wednesday's game but will limit it to that after previous visits that proved costly.