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Lepisto hoping to be ready for playoffs

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Lepisto hoping to be ready for playoffs

Sami Lepisto whirled around the ice with his Blackhawks teammates on Thursday morning. Just being back with his fellow players he had skated on his own a few days felt good.

I feel OK but not 100 percent yet, said Lepisto, whos recovering from a left-leg injury he suffered against St. Louis on March 6. Once I get out there, I want to be 100 percent.

Lepisto was getting back out there from early February through March, when fellow defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Steve Montador were out with concussions. Then came March 6, when Lepisto put a hit on David Perron along the boards. But Perron fell on the back of Lepistos left leg, and hes been out ever since. It was a frustrating moment in a season full of them for Lepisto, who was a healthy scratch most of the time before that.

Its been a tough season but I just have to battle through it, said Lepisto, whos happy his injury wasnt as serious as it looked. Something like that happens over the course of the sason but it was good that it wasnt anything major. I was lucky in that respect.

Lepisto hopes to be ready to go before the playoffs begin.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Nick Schmaltz isn’t the only one returning; guess who is back in the booth?!

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Nick Schmaltz isn’t the only one returning; guess who is back in the booth?!

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Tracey Myers and Pat Boyle discuss Nick Schmaltz returning to the Blackhawks line-up on Wednesday night and which player is looking forward most to his return?

They also weigh in on Corey Crawford’s incredible start to the season and why he’s the major reason why the Hawks begin the week in first place in the Central.

They also discuss who is the biggest Hawks rivalry right now, which new defenseman has impressed the most and how is Connor Murphy dealing with being a healthy scratch at times this season?

Plus, they discuss someone other than Nick Schmaltz returning to work on Wednesday night.

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

Eddie Olczyk expected to return to the booth this week

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Eddie Olczyk expected to return to the booth this week

Eddie Olczyk will return to the broadcast booth for Wednesday's Blackhawks-Blues game, according to USA Today's Kevin Allen

The news comes six weeks after the Chicago legend began chemotherapy for colon cancer. And although he made a brief, emotional return on Oct. 7 -- putting on the headset to join Pat Foley for a moment during intermission -- he will provide color commentary for the entire game on Wednesday. He'll call the rivalry matchup alongside Doc Emrick on NBCSN. 

Olczyk, who grew up in Palos Heights and attended Brother Rice, will take the mic again the following night as the Blackhawks welcome the Edmonton Oilers to the United Center. As for the rest of the season, he plans to work when his health allows. 

“We have some dates that we have highlighted and hopefully I will be strong to do the job,” Olczyk told USA Today. “If I am not feeling good, I just have to be honest with everyone and tell them I can’t do it.”

It'll be nice to see Edzo back at work, providing dynamite analysis and passing along tips to all those young hockey players out there.