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Keith, Rozsival set to return for Blackhawks

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Keith, Rozsival set to return for Blackhawks

The Blackhawks have been looking for a jolt, something to get them going in the right direction. They may be getting it on their blueline.

Duncan Keith and Michal Rozsival are expected to play on Saturday night when the Blackhawks face the St. Louis Blues. Keith has been out nearly four weeks after having surgery on his right knee (meniscus) while Rozsival has been sidelined about six months from a fractured left ankle. The addition of the two, especially Keith given all of his responsibilities, is a welcome one.

“He should enhance all situational plays, power play, penalty killing, 5-on-5, important minutes, first and last shifts of periods and games. A lot of times he’s a key factor in all those critical shifts,” coach Joel Quenneville said of Keith. “It’s a big void. Defensively I didn’t think we were bad in that stretch but certainly his presence makes a big difference.”

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Keith was paired with Niklas Hjalmarsson in Friday’s practice. Rozsival was paired with Trevor Daley and Brent Seabrook was withTrevor van Riemsdyk. Quenneville said the team will monitor Keith’s minutes as he goes on Saturday night. Asked if he’s concerned about Keith playing in the back-to-back this weekend, Quenneville said he’ll see how things go in St. Louis.

“It’s one game at a time but he seems good, seems energized, good enthusiasm out here today and can help our lineup as well,” Quenneville said.

Rozsival will likely be monitored minutes-wise, too. The 37-year-old has not played since May, when he suffered his fractured ankle in Game 4 against the Minnesota Wild.

With Keith officially coming off long-term injured reserve in the afternoon, Viktor Svedberg was reassigned to the Rockford IceHogs. Erik Gustafsson was already sent there when Rozsival was taken off LTIR on Friday morning.

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The Blackhawks have struggled for consistency in this early season. They’ve squandered a lot of points. Bringing back two defensemen can only help them.

BRIEFLY

• Based on Friday’s practice, it appears Andrew Desjardins could be a scratch against the Blues. Ryan Garbutt looks to be back in; he skated on the fourth line with Brandon Mashinter and Tanner Kero.

• Corey Crawford will start against the Blues.

Anton Forsberg to tribute Avicii with new mask

Anton Forsberg to tribute Avicii with new mask

Goaltender masks are often a place for artistic expression and tribute. Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg is adding his own touching tribute this season.

The 25-year-old Swedish goalie chose to tribute Avicii with an image of the musician on his goalie mask. Avicii, a fellow Swede, died by suicide in April.

David Gunnarsson, a professional mask artist, did the art for Forsberg's mask and posted it on Instagram.

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Today we have the honor to present Anton Forsberg´s new Blackhawks mask for the coming season😊🥅. Anton knew what he wanted on his new mask, he wanted to pay tribute to the Swedish DJ legend Tim Bergling❤️, a.k.a Avicii, who recently passed away. Just as Anton I am also a big admirer of his music and person and family🙏🏻❤️. It was a huge honor for me to paint and create this painting together with Anton in honor to Avicii´s family, they were also the first to see this painting❤️. The rest of the mask is painted in an old school and clean style, and on the other side of the mask Anton`s best friend pop up and makes him company in the net. @antonforsbeerg @nhlblackhawks @nhl @daveart

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According to Tracey Myers of NHL.com, Forsberg asked Avicii's parents for permission before going ahead with it.

"I've always listened to his music and have been a big fan of it," Forsberg said. "For me, there was no hesitation putting him on the mask."

Forsberg wore last season's mask in his preseason debut in Detroit on Thursday so he hasn't shown off the new gear just yet. That may need to wait for the regular season.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks training camp twist, Boqvist in?

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks training camp twist, Boqvist in?

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis talk about Joel Quenneville leaving the door open for No. 8 overall pick Adam Boqvist to start the season with the Blackhawks. What are the chances he and Henri Jokiharju both make the team?

The guys also discuss Corey Crawford's status and what to make of his abbreviated on-ice session after six straight days of skating, Connor Murphy's injury that could sideline him until December, how the line of Brandon Saad, Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane will work and the new 1-3-1 power play structure.

They also weigh in on which position battles they're looking forward to tracking during the back half of training camp.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below, and be sure to subscribe, rate us and write a review!