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Duncan Keith may play vs. Blues; Quenneville alters 'D'

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Duncan Keith is ready to get out of the uncharted waters he finds himself in. After missing three games in a row with a finger/hand injury, the standout defenseman said he's optimistic that he'll play Tuesday for the Blackhawks against the Blues in St. Louis.

Keith practiced for the first time with this teammates Monday after getting injured last week when he blocked a shot against the Nashville Predators.

"It felt good to be back out," Keith said. "I was excited to be back out there with the guys and getting in some drills again. I haven't had really much time like that where you're sitting out and not playing. It's nice to get out on the ice again."

As for his injury?

"Things are definitely better than I expected," Keith said. "It's gotten a lot better for sure. I'm optimistic about [playing against the Blues]. I know it was one practice, but I'm definitely optimistic."

It was clear that the Hawks missed Keith when he was out of the lineup, especially after allowing 10 goals in the past two games. Since breaking into the league in 2005, Keith has only missed nine games in his regular-season career.

"You get significant minutes," coach Joel Quenneville said of Keith. "He can play all situations, and his quickness and experience can help us in a lot of ways."

Keith played the first 11 games primarily with Nick Leddy, but after two rough games for the Hawks, Quenneville opted for change as he usually does.

Keith was paired with longtime defense partner Brent Seabrook at practice, while Leddy joined Niklas Hjalmarsson. Sami Lepisto and Sean O'Donnell made up the final pairing. Steve Montador looks like a scratch for Tuesday's game.

"We've given up a lot of goals," Quenneville said. "Just changing it up, whether it's a different partner or different quality of ice [time], is something that hopefully [where] we get it done."

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Well that was easy. Solidifies last years winning of the playoff matchup: Canucks are simply the better team, regardless of what goon you sign in the offseason, and what haircut Kane is sporting. Just not as good, sorry.

Who cares about Toews. He got beat, again by a better team. Let him flap the mouth, that's all the Hawks seem to be good at anymore. All talk, no walk.

Which Stanley Cup did the Canucklheads win again ?

Gee, sounds like a Canuck fan up on the board. Well where do we start? Canucks were the better team last year and maybe they will be again this year, but right now, they are below the Hawks in the standings. After 82, we can talk again. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks are not a bragadocious team by any stretch. Not im my opinion. I find them to be rather humble and compimentary of their competition. As far as walking the walk, i guess that goes back to the standings. Let's see, Hawks 19 points to Nucks 15. Close, we'll see after 82 how things are going. And we will see you Nuck fans soon in Vancouver later this morith. Can hardly wait!

"Just not as good, sorry?" Gee, after last week, I think it's apparent who's flapping his gums.

"Solidifies last year's winning of the playoff matchup?"

Man, thanks for writing all this. It makes watching your demoralized aimless team and bewildered riot-ready fans taking it in the neck that much sweeter.

You know what? Your team DOES have all the talent in the world. But it's got no class and it's got no heart.

One picture says it all -- Henrik skating up to Crawford after the whistle and stabbing him in the crotch. THAT is your team. Enjoy it. I think it'll be watching the Blackhawks play later than it will next spring.

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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan hailing from the Far Northwest Side. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times since 2005, covering the Hawks since 2009. He's also helped cover the Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools.


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