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Blackhawks updates: Corey Crawford to start vs. Kings

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Blackhawks updates: Corey Crawford to start vs. Kings

Duncan Keith will play and Corey Crawford will start when the Blackhawks host the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

Keith did not practice on Sunday but coach Joel Quenneville said the defenseman is fine. Michal Rozsival (lower body) also did not practice. Quenneville said he’s not ruling out Rozsival possibly playing against the Kings.

Andrew Desjardins was back on the third line and Dale Weise was on the fourth line again during Sunday’s practice. Brandon Mashinter, who did not play on Friday due to illness, was also on the fourth line.

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans]

The Blackhawks, who have 88 points, are in third place in the Central Division entering Monday’s game. Dallas and St. Louis each have 91 points, but Dallas claims first place because it has more regulation/overtime victories (39 to St. Louis’ 36). The Blackhawks, 5-4-1 in their last 10 games, would like to be playing better, more consistent hockey down the stretch.

“We’re better off playing good hockey and when we do that, we win games. We want to continue winning so we can stay at the top and give ourselves a chance to play a lower seed. There’s no doubt that’s our goal right now,” Jonathan Toews said. “There’s no reason to be satisfied with where we’re at. I think obviously we know there’s a lot of work left to do so that’s something as we’ve said before, it’s motivating us to continue to improve and continue to play well these dozen last games or so.”

The Kings, who are atop the Pacific Division right now, have won seven of their last 10 games.

Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

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Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.

Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.

Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here:

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.

On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:

We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.