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Some lineup changes for the banged up Blackhawks

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Thanks to a handful of injuries, the Blackhawks' lineup Thursday against the Minnesota Wild will look like this:

Jimmy Hayes -- Patrick Kane -- Marian Hossa

Patrick Sharp -- Marcus Kruger -- Viktor Stalberg

Bryan Bickell -- Brendan Morrison -- Andrew Shaw

Brandon Bollig -- Jamal Mayers -- Michael Frolik

Duncan Keith -- Brent Seabrook

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Oduya

Niklas Hjalmarsson -- Sean O'Donnell

Corey Crawford

Jonathan Toews (concussion) and Dave Bolland (upper-body) both made the trip, but were ruled out Wednesday before the team departed. Bolland did not partake in the morning skate Thursday and is questionable for Saturday's game in Detroit.

Toews was one of the last Hawks to leave the ice at the Xcel Energy Center and was not available to the media. He said Wednesday before the team left that his concussion symptoms were still "lingering."

"It's all part of the process," coach Joel Quenneville said of Toews' status Thursday. "I know we keep saying the same things here, but I don't think anything's changed. He's progressing. We want to make sure he's ready."

Toews has passed concussion protocol to return to the lineup, but it's clear he's taking the safe approach with his recovery.

"You know where you need to be," Quenneville said. "We've got some time here. We'll see how he is today after [the morning skate] and get a better idea tomorrow [if he can play against the Red Wings]."

Winger Andrew Brunette (right foot) will miss his second consecutive game. Brunette skated Wednesday and is in Minnesota, but needs more time to heal his swollen foot.

Defenseman Duncan Keith returns to the lineup Thursday after serving a five-game suspension for elbowing Canucks forward Daniel Sedin in the face. Rookie Dylan Olsen will be a healthy scratch after playing 26 consecutive games.

Quenneville said he plans to play defenseman Sami Lepisto (left leg) Saturday against the Red Wings. Lepisto was injured March 6 against the Blues and hasn't played since.

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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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