Keith, Hjalmarsson expected to play Tuesday

Keith, Hjalmarsson expected to play Tuesday
March 7, 2011, 5:45 pm
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Monday, March 7, 2011
11:51 a.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

SUNRISE, Fla. Chicago defensemen Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson did not practice on Monday morning but both are expected to play when the Blackhawks play the Florida Panthers here Tuesday night.

Keith sat out the last 15 minutes of the Blackhawks 5-3 victory in Toronto on Saturday night after blocking a shot off his right hand. He had the hand evaluated on Sunday.

Hjalmarsson, who leads the Blackhawks with 137 blocked shots this season, was likely taking a maintenance day.

Both are expected to play, coach Joel Quenneville said. They should be fine.

Meanwhile, forward Michael Frolik will face his former team for the first time since he was traded to the Blackhawks for Jack Skille on Feb. 9. Frolik has four points in his last three games. Skille is still out with an ankle injury. Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said Skille will be sidelined another 2-4 weeks.

Goaltender Corey Crawford will get his 12th consecutive start on Tuesday night.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.