Keith out vs. Panthers


Keith out vs. Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Defenseman Duncan Keith (left hand) will be out tonight as the Chicago Blackhawks face some of their former teammates with the Florida Panthers tonight at BankAtlantic Center.

Keith is listed as day-to-day, and coach Joel Quenneville said theyll re-evaluate to see whether Keith can play Friday at Tampa Bay. Keith was injured in the second period of Monday nights 5-4 overtime victory over Nashville. Sean ODonnell is expected back in the lineup on Thursday he was paired with Nick Leddy. Steve Montador could see some penalty-kill time in Keiths absence.

Daniel Carcillo, back in the lineup after serving his two-game suspension Saturday and Monday, will start on the fourth line with Marcus Kruger and Jamal Mayers. Viktor Stalberg, who has three goals in the last two games, will stay with Jonathan Toews and Andrew Brunette while Patrick Sharp joins Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa.

Corey Crawford gets the start against the Panthers, who are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference.

The Panthers have found early success, as have some of the former Blackhawks now with them. Defenseman Brian Campbell and forward Kris Versteeg, both part of the Blackhawks Stanley Cup run, lead the Panthers with 11 points each. Versteeg has five goals and six assists while Campbells have all come in assists.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Vinnie Hinostroza talks rookie season and new wrinkle to offseason training


Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Vinnie Hinostroza talks rookie season and new wrinkle to offseason training

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, forward Vinnie Hinostroza joins Pat Boyle and evaluates his rookie season, tells us how he has added MMA and Ju-jitsu to his offseason training and is he going to room with Ryan Hartman next season?

Plus, Tracey Myers joins Pat to discuss Patrick Kane’s first interview this offseason, the latest on the Blackhawks coaching moves and tournament fall-out for Artemi Panarin, Marcus Kruger and Alex DeBrincat.

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below.

In wake of first-round playoff sweep, Patrick Kane talks about the Blackhawks' 'reality check'

In wake of first-round playoff sweep, Patrick Kane talks about the Blackhawks' 'reality check'

It’s been just over a month since the Blackhawks were eliminated from the playoffs in swift fashion. And as Patrick Kane told WGN Radio on Tuesday morning, the bitter taste hasn’t gone away.

“I think a lot of us didn’t figure we’d be in the situation we’re in right now,” Kane told Steve Cochran and Dave Eanet on Tuesday. “All of us can work this offseason to get better. It’s a long time to wait to get back to that opportunity to play in the playoffs again, so we’ll have a sour taste in our mouth for a while.”

The Nashville Predators, who made quick work of the Blackhawks in the first round, eliminated the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night to earn the first Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history. Kane told WGN he’s been watching the playoffs and said Nashville “has a pretty good system going.”

“They come at you, they play aggressive. I don’t think any of us would be a big fan of the way they defend in the neutral zone, just sitting back and playing that 1-3-1. But at the same time they come at you,” said Kane, who added that the Blackhawks “weren’t even close in that (first-round) series.”

“Maybe we had a chance in Game 3 when we were up 2-0, but it was a clean sweep and that’s probably how it should’ve been,” he said. “So now it’s time to regroup.”

When the Blackhawks had their wrap-up media session on April 22, general manager Stan Bowman was asked if some players, having won three Stanley Cups since 2010, had lost some of the hunger. Bowman didn’t buy that and neither did Kane.

“Four sounds a lot better than three, right?” he said. “It’s a long time away and a lot of work, but sometimes you go through those situations and you realize you won three Cups and it’s almost like you’re going to be there again. That’s where the reality check is for us now, realizing how hard it is to get back in that situation, how hard it is to win a Cup or go deep in this league. There’s a lot of work to be done.”