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In the past, coach Joel Quenneville has experimented with different lines and pairings when things aren't clicking.

keith.jpgBlackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith isn't one to make excuses for his recent sub-par play. But he is having an issue with his skates -- one that hasn't been resolved for some time.

niemi.jpgAntti Niemi will be net for the Hawks Sunday as the try to rebound from their worst loss of the season.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The NHLPA's Executive Board gave its thumbs up Thursday for the new rule prohibiting "a lateral, back-pressure or blind-side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted
and/or the principal point of contact."

The NHL's Board of Governors unanimously approved the new rule late Tuesday as a recent rash of violent hits -- which included James Wisnieswki's check on Brent Seabrook in Anaheim -- forced the league to speed up the enactment process.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Cristobal Huet will start for the first time since coming down with the flu last week against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

Huet battled the flu all last week and hasn't played since the Philadelphia Flyers rallied to beat the Hawks on March 13.

Brent Seabrook, out the last two games after a head-high check from the Anaheim Ducks' James Wisniewski, will return Tuesday night against the Phoenix Coyotes.

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -- Anaheim Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski was suspended eight games by the NHL Thursday for his hit on the Hawks' Brent Seabrook.

The league said Wisniewski struck Seabrook, who was injured on the play, in the head area.

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -- The NHL is looking into the hit that sent Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook crumbling to the ice Wednesday night.

A spokesperson said Thursday the league is reviewing Anaheim Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski's check on Seabrook early in the second period of Wednesday's night 4-2 Hawks loss. A decision regarding a suspension or fine would have to come before the the Ducks' next game, which is Friday.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Brent Seabrook was knocked out of Wedneday's game against the Anaheim Ducks by a jarring hit from ex-Hawk James Wisniewski early in the second period.

Wisniewski's blow came moments after Seabrook put a hard check on Corey Perry. Seabrook, though, didn't have the puck when Wisniewski came charging at him. He also appeared to lose consciousness as he fell to the ice.

Here is the video:

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Corey Crawford arrived in California Tuesday night and got some news that admittedly made him a bit nervous.

Crawford was told by the Blackhawks that he will start Wednesday against the Anaheim Ducks.

BURBANK, Calif. -- It only has been two days -- and they haven't played a game -- but it already has been an eventful time in California for the Hawks.

bc.jpgHawks defenseman Brian Campbell will be out approximately seven to eight weeks with a fractured clavicle and rib.

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were on ESPN's SportsCenter last night in Los Angeles. Here is the clip:

2bc.jpgBlackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell is scheduled to meet with team doctors Monday to reassess his upper-body injury.

bc.jpgHawks defenseman Brian Campbell was knocked out of Sunday's game when Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin pushed him into the end boards in the first period.

huet.jpgCristobal Huet will start Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers, and there is a "good chance" Antti Niemi will be in net Sunday against the high-scoring Washington Capitals.

adam.jpgPatrick Kane said he expects Adam Burish "to create some mix-up" in the first 10 seconds of his first shift tonight against the Los Angeles Kings.

"He'll be flying tonight," Kane said.

A net issue

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ch.jpgThe Blackhawks have always stood by their goaltending -- from the top on down.

General manager Stan Bowman has.

Coach Joel Quennville has.

And so have the players -- the ones not minding nets.

But, it's still seen as the one true weakness of a team fully capable of winning the Stanley Cup by analysts, various media and fans.

It's only a commercial, but Duncan Keith's ''One Goal'' spot is becoming a reality. ''My goal,'' Keith says, ''is to own the blue line.''

Here is the video of that commercial below and a link to my Sun-Times' story detailing Keith's rise to the top of the league's defensemen here: Hawks defenseman Keith one of best -- and getting better

babcock.jpgHere are some quick updates from Hawks' practice on Saturday ... looking ahead to Sunday's game vs. the Detroit Red Wings:

usa.jpgHere's a quick update from Friday's morning skate before the Hawks face the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center:

stan.jpgThe NHL trade deadline came and went, and Hawks GM Stan Bowman stood pat. Here some of the highlights from his Q & A with the media afterward:

On trade talks in general ...

"[There was] a lot of talking. It takes two to tango. And we didn't quite get anything done. But we had a lot of good discussions and sometimes it doesn't work out. That's the way it goes."

A record-setting number of trades were made Wednesday by the NHL's trade deadline. And, more continue to filter in.

But Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman stood pat.

So fans who desperately wanted to see the Hawks acquire a new goaltender will have to learn to live with Antti Niemi and Cristobal Huet.

keith.jpgHere are some news and notes from the Blackhawks' morning skate on Tuesday before the NY Islanders game:

niemi.jpgHere are some news and notes from Hawks practice:

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