Blackhawks return with full lineup, Crawford set to start

Blackhawks return with full lineup, Crawford set to start
February 27, 2014, 12:15 pm
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NEW YORK -- Corey Crawford will get the start and Peter Regin will get his second game at second-line center as the Chicago Blackhawks take on the New York Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden.

Regin, who was acquired two days before the Blackhawks went on the Olympic break, will get another opportunity at second-line center. This time he'll be with Patrick Kane, who missed the Blackhawks' last pre-Olympic contest in Phoenix (grandfather's funeral).

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The Blackhawks' full lineup will be back tonight. Duncan Keith skated this morning for the first time since returning from Sochi. The defenseman said he's recovered pretty well from the travel and Olympics.

"I feel pretty good," he said. "Obviously it takes a few days with the jet lag and what not, but I’m excited to be back with the guys and get going again. It's off to the races right away (with tonight's game and the Stadium Series game on Saturday). That’s a good thing: get back into the swing of things hard and fast."

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Michal Handzus and Sheldon Brookbank look to be the healthy scratches for tonight.