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Duncan Keith Could Return To Lineup This Weekend

By Keith Schultz

Chicago Blackhawks Defenseman Duncan Keith might be from a cyborg or whatever type of nickname the Anaheim Ducks or fans want to call him.  The word came out earlier this week that Duncan Keith was back on the ice skating, and today it was made known that Keith has been cleared for contact.

Today, Joel Quenneville said that he hopes that Keith will be back in the lineup on either Saturday night or Sunday night.  This is music to the ears of Chicago Blackhawks fans and probably bad news for the rest of the teams in the Western Conference. Obviously every player is important, but without Keith in the lineup not only has the defense struggled, but the true quarterback of the offense has been missing and the goals per game has been down without #2 in the lineup.

Of course when Keith gets back into the lineup there will be plenty of new questions to be answered on the roster as it involves the salary cap, also there is still the looming return on Michal Rozsival from LTIR. Either way there will be a huge back up on defenseman that are all playing ok while Keith has been out with his knee injury.

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The timing of Duncan Keith returning to the lineup is really great with the circus trip looming and a lot of Western Conference teams on the schedule.  The Hawks have yet to pick up a win against the Central division with the games coinciding with the games Keith has missed with his injury. In fact the Chicago Blackhawks play the 15 out of next 16 games against the Western Conference after their home game Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils.

The Keith injury has been one of the most surprising of the Chicago Blackhawks injuries in the past few seasons since he never left the ice during a game.  It wasn’t until he took back to the ice this week that it was revealed that Keith actually hurt his leg during the Stanley Cup Final when a Lighting player fell on his leg and he never felt right after that, but Keith thought it was just part of the struggle of playing 30 minutes a night during the playoffs.  The injury never got better which took Keith to the Doctors and in the end an early season surgery that could have been done during the summer.

The best part is now the 10 games missed is passed, and the Chicago Blackhawks all world defenseman is about to rejoin the team which should make picking up 2 points a night a little bit easier this season!