A costly blow?

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A costly blow?

When the Blackhawks and Canucks meet, emotions and hits can run high. And Duncan Keiths high elbow to Daniel Sedins head could end up costing the defenseman more than the two-minute minor he got on Wednesday night.

Keith hit Daniel high in the first period and could face supplemental discipline after the Blackhawks 2-1 overtime victory on Wednesday. Daniel Sedin played just five minutes of the game before he left and did not return. His status is unknown.

Keith, who has never been suspended in his NHL career, said he didnt mean to hurt the Canucks star forward.

I havent seen the replay so its tough for me to comment too much. But Im not trying to hurt anybody. I hope hes OK. Hes one of their best players (so) he needs to be on the ice, Keith said. But the puck was up in the air, and from what I remember, Im trying to close my gap and have a good gap on him, Right at the last second he moves forward and I dont know where the puck is. Its fast and, like I said, I hope hes OK. I havent seen the replay. I need to see it again.

But the Canucks are thinking otherwise. Henrik Sedin told Vancouver media that Keith insinuated that he would get Daniel back for that hit.

Its one of those hits where things were said before from a certain guy and he did what he wanted to and thats too bad. But again, they are tough team over there and were the diving bunch so I guess theres not much to say about that.

I got a lot of respect for a lot of guys on their team. Thereve been things said from their room before, but not from him, Henrik said of Keith to NHL.com. Hes always been good, but I dont know if it was too many emotions playing against us or what it was. Again, its too bad. I had a lot of respect for him.

Asked about Keiths alleged remarks to Daniel, Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa said, Yeah, I'm not surprised. I didnt hear it, obviously, but Ive heard him say things before. Again, the league will do their investigation and they'll deal with it.

The NHL probably wont waste much time in deciding. Phoenix captain Shane Doan was suspended three games today for his elbow to Jamie Benns head on Tuesday night. But Doan, who was also suspended three games in the fall of 2010, is considered a repeat offender. Whatever the outcome, the Blackhawks will deal with it.

Its a tough play. The league does their thing and we respect the process and what they have to do, coach Joel Quenneville said. Thats where were at.

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Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks battle Bruins tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks battle Bruins tonight on CSN

Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Scott Darling gets the nod.

Joel Quenneville is giving a struggling Corey Crawford a breather tonight, electing to go with Darling in the final game of the father's road trip. Darling is 11-4-2 with a 2.34 goals against average, .924 save percentage and one shutout in 20 games this season. His numbers aren't as great on the road, where he is 4-2-1 with a 2.83 GAA and .901 save percentage compared to a 7-2-1 record with a 1.98 GAA and .928 save percentage at home, but he fared well against Boston last season. The Lemont native stopped 42 of 46 shots, good for a .913 save percentage, in a 6-4 win at the United Center last April.

2. The Panarin-Anisimov-Kane line.

The Blackhawks' trio of Artem Anisimov, Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin had a rare zero points in Tuesday's 6-4 win over Colorado, but don't expect to see that again. In fact, it could be the opposite. In their last meeting against the Bruins, a 6-4 win on April 3 during the 2015-16 season, they combined for 11 points (five goals, six assists), highlighted by a Kane hat trick that put him at 100 points on the season for the first time in his career. 

3. How the rookies build off a monsterous game.

In arguably the most well-rounded victory of the season Tuesday in Colorado, the Blackhawks had three rookies that had multi-point efforts. Vinnie Hinostroza had two goals, including the game winner. Tanner Kero had two goals and one assist, while Nick Schmaltz also had a goal and an assist. It was the top-six that was doing the heavy lifting earlier in the season, now the bottom-six is slowly starting to contribute on a consistent basis. The Blackhawks will be in great shape if they can confidently roll four lines that have the potential to find the back of the net on any given shift.

4. Patrice Bergeron vs. Jonathan Toews.

Two of the best two-way centers in the league will go head-to-head, and it's always a fun matchup to watch. Bergeron leads the league with 597 faceoff wins, and is ranked fifth with a 58.4 percentage at the dot while Toews ranks eighth in wins with 473 — despite missing nine games with a back injury — and sits at sixth with a 57.5 percentage. Both of the perennial Selke Trophy candidates have struggled offensively this season, with Bergeron recording only 21 points in 45 games and Toews with 22 points in 38 contests. Bergeron has been heating up as of late, though, scoring three goals and six assists in his last eight games. Bergeron also leads the league in possession numbers, with the Bruins controlling 61.9 percent of the even-strength shot attempts when he's on the ice.

5. Brad Marchand.

In September, Marchand inked an eight-year, $49 million deal and it's already paying dividends for the Bruins. He has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in his last eight games, and 45 points total, which is by far the most on his team and tied for sixth in the NHL. He's 16 points away from tying his career high of 61 set last season, with a little less than half the year to go. He's also had great success against the Blackhawks. In his last six games against Chicago, dating back to the 2013-14 campaign, he has registered at least a point in all of them, scoring four goals and adding five assists. To make life more difficult, he's a player that enjoys getting under people's skin, so expect him to be a big factor tonight.

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