Toews in, Saad (likely) out

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Toews in, Saad (likely) out

LOS ANGELES -- Jonathan Toews will play but Brandon Saad is "not likely" to do the same when the Chicago Blackhawks face the Los Angeles Kings.

Toews missed Friday's practice in El Segundo with the flu but coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks captain is feeling better. Quenneville added they'll keep an eye on Toews throughout the game.

"He's fine, he's playing, he's ready to go. We use him in all situations so we'll keep an eye on his minutes and gauge how he's feeling," Quenneville said. "If he gets fatigued we'll cut him back. But hopefully he's ready to go his regular workload."

Saad, meanwhile, who made the team for the second consecutive season, is "not likely" in the lineup, Quenneville said.

The Blackhawks had their Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony more than two years ago, and today they'll watch the Kings have theirs. The ceremony begins at noon local time (2 p.m. Central), followed by the game at approximately 12:25 p.m. local (2:25 Central).

Thirteen Blackhawks land on finalized World Cup of Hockey rosters

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Thirteen Blackhawks land on finalized World Cup of Hockey rosters

Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger and defenseman Ville Pokka were added to Team Sweden and Team Finland, respectively, as team rosters were completed for the World Cup of Hockey on Friday.

Christian Ehrhoff, who was traded to the Blackhawks during the season, was added to Team Europe.

Nine Blackhawks were already chosen for their respective country’s teams back in March: Corey Crawford, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith (Team Canada), Patrick Kane (USA), Artem Anisimov and Artemi Panarin (Russia), Teuvo Teravainen (Finland), Niklas Hjalmarsson (Sweden) and Marian Hossa (Team Europe).

Michal Kempny, a defenseman the Blackhawks signed earlier this week, was also named to Team Czech Republic in March.

The World Cup of Hockey will be held from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 in Toronto.

Watch: Kid imitates Patrick Kane's post-goal celly in youth hockey game

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Watch: Kid imitates Patrick Kane's post-goal celly in youth hockey game

It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that young hockey players are patterning their games off Patrick Kane.

But the next generation of scorers are modeling their post-goal celebrations after the Blackhawks star, too.

Check out this video of a kid in a youth hockey game mimicking Kane's celebration from this year's playoffs, when he scored the double-overtime winner in Game 5 of the Blackhawks' series against the Blues.

Not bad, kid!

Kane recognized the kid's celly game, tweeting the video out to his followers Friday afternoon.

Blackhawks announce three new signings

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Blackhawks announce three new signings

The Blackhawks agreed to terms with goaltender Lars Johansson, defenseman Michal Kempny and forward Martin Lundberg on one-year deals on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old Kempny had 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 59 games with Avangard Omsk (KHL) last season. He had two assists in eight games with the Czech Republic in the IIHF World Championship.

Johansson, 28, spent the last three seasons with Frolunda HC (Swedish Hockey League). He was 56-27-0 over those three seasons. Last season, he had a league-leading 1.74 goals-against average and a 27-6-0 record.

The 25-year-old Lundberg had 13 goals and eight assists in 44 games with Skelleftea AIK (Swedish Hockey League). He also had two goals in eight games with Sweden in the World Championship.