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By Ben Meyer-Abbott
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Twitter: @BMACST

The Blackhawks should have both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp in the lineup Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks.

OTTAWA - For the top four teams in the Central Division - the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators and the Blackhawks -- the All-Star break had to be a welcome vacation from the all-out fight they're in.

But their stars couldn't escape talk of it over the All-Star game weekend. The most dominant division in hockey was a hot topic as some of the most dominating players in the game gathered in Ottawa.

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OTTAWA, Ontario -- Patrick Kane transformed into Superman Saturday night.

OTTAWA, Ontario -- General manager Stan Bowman said he was in the market for a center, and on Friday during the All-Star break, he got one in Brendan Morrison.

The Blackhawks traded defenseman Brian Connelly, who was having a standout season with the Rockford IceHogs, to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Morrison.

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OTTAWA, Ontario -- Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane can't wait to show off to the rest of the NHL what Blackhawks fan have come to love from them. Both are looking forward to competing in the All-Star game's skills competition at Scotiabank Place on Saturday.

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The Blackhawks are down to two All-Stars.

Hawks captain Jonathan Toews was placed on injured reserve Tuesday and was replaced on the All-Star roster by Philadelphia Flyers winger Scott Hartnell.

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The good news is that Jonathan Toews' suspected left arm injury is not serious. The bad news is that he will miss the Blackhawks' game Tuesday against the Nashville Predators and is unlikely to participate in the All-Star game festivities this weekend in Ottawa.

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Rookie Andrew Shaw's short, but very productive run with the Blackhawks has garnered him plenty of attention from the media and plenty of adoration from the fans.

Five goals and six points in your first eight games -- plus a gritty, never-give-up style -- will do that, especially in Chicago. But after Wednesday's 6-2 rout of the Buffalo Sabres, Shaw's profile took off via Twitter.

Shaw, who before Wednesday's game told me his phone kept going off because of new followers, trended on Twitter via #ShawFacts, becoming a Chuck Norris-like legend.

Here are mine and some of my favorites from #ShawFacts late Wednesday night:

Daniel Carcillo's seven-game suspension for boarding Edmonton Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert is officially over, ending after the game Sunday against the Sharks. But so is his season.

Daniel Carcillo's season is over.

On Friday, the Blackhawks announced that forward Ben Smith was assigned to the Rockford IceHogs and that center Marcus Kruger was activated from injured reserve.

In other words, Kruger, who has been recovering from a concussion, has been cleared to play and is expected to be in the lineup Saturday against the Red Wings in Detroit.

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Jonathan Toews' stat line from Tuesday's 5-2 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets went like this: 18:55 of ice time, one assist, minus-1 rating, three takeaways, a 73 percent success rate in the faceoff circle and ... more than 10 stitches to close two gashes in his forehead above his left eye.

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman knew he'd need rookie forward Ben Smith again. And when that time came, he wanted to make sure he was confident.

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After a string of good luck, the Blackhawks have suffered their first significant injury of the season. Patrick Sharp will be out three to four weeks with a left wrist/hand injury.

Marcus Kruger doesn't have a personal timeline or a date in mind he's targeting for his return. Right now, he said he's taking everything "day by day" as he recovers from his concussion.

The posturing has begun.

With the current collective bargaining agreement coming to an end after this season, the first public battle between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association took place Friday with the release of separate statements.

PHILADELPHIA -- Rookie defenseman Dylan Olsen will make his NHL debut Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers. Here he is in his own words in his first meeting with the Chicago media:

PHILADELPHIA -- Regardless if he's hurt or not, Daniel Carcillo's seven-game suspension apparently starts Thursday night in Philadelphia.

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The Blackhawks still aren't saying much regarding the injury status of tough guy Daniel Carcillo. But it's feared that Carcillo sustained significant damage to his left knee.

The Blackhawks' precarious injury situation meant change on Wednesday.

The team added rookies defenseman Dylan Olsen and winger Andrew Shaw to their roster, while placing defenseman Steve Montador and center Marcus Kruger on injured reserve.

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The NHL suspended Daniel Carcillo indefinitely pending a hearing with the league for his hit on Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert in Monday's loss at the United Center.

As far as Carcillo's own injury status, coach Joel Quenneville didn't know too much about Carcillo's left knee injury Tueday after practice, but he did relay some discouraging news about rookie center Marcus Kruger.

It's been a while since Sami Lepisto has played. But with Steve Montador out with an upper-body injury, Lepisto and John Scott will make up the third defensive pairing for the Blackhawks Monday against the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center.

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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan. 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. Follow him on Twitter:@adamjahns

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