Monday, March 7, 2011
By Tracey Myers
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.
Patrick Kane is among the Hart Trophy candidates for the 2017-18 season, but what are his early odds to reclaim the title?
The 28-year-old Blackhawks star followed up an 106-point campaign in which he became the first American-born player to win the Art Ross and Hart Trophy by finishing tied for second in the NHL with 89 points last season.
But he's facing some tougher odds going into this year.
Bovada revelead Wednesday that Connor McDavid is the front-runner to repeat at 3/2 odds, followed by Sidney Crosby (5/2), Auston Matthews (17/2) and Alex Ovechkin (9/1). Kane ranks fifth at 14/1.
Here's the rest of the list:
- Vladimir Tarasenko: 15/1
- Evgeni Malkin: 16/1
- Carey Price, John Tavares: 20/1
- Jamie Benn, Steven Stamkos: 25/1
- Erik Karlsson, Nikita Kucherov: 33/1
- Jack Eichel, Ryan Getzlaf, Patrik Laine, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin: 50/1
- Nicklas Backstrom, Brent Burns, Braden Holtby, Phil Kessel, Artemi Panarin, Joe Pavelski: 60/1
A couple solid value picks would be Karlsson at 33/1 and Burns at 60/1, both of whom made strong cases to be in that conversation last year as defensemen.
You'll also notice Panarin as a darkhorse candidate. It will be interesting to see how Kane and Panarin fare without each other in the prime of their careers. Who knows, maybe they'll be sharing the stage together as finalists in Las Vegas next June.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Bryan Bickell sits down with Pat Boyle and they discuss the retired player's journey to the NHL, which included being an Ottawa clubhouse assistant where he met future teammate, Marian Hossa.
Bickell admits when he finally knew he was a regular in the NHL, his incredible 2013 postseason performance and the historic 17 seconds in Boston.
Finally, Bryan gets emotional when discussing his MS diagnosis, his shootout goal in his final NHL game, and how his wife Amanda has been at his side throughout his entire hockey career.
Listen to the Hawks Talk Podcast below: