The Chicago Blackhawks are going on their last big road trip before the trade deadline. But they'll be going into this important two-game series without several key members.
Jonathan Toews will not travel to Los Angeles and Anaheim, nor will defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Steve Montador, as the Blackhawks take on the Kings on Saturday and the Ducks on Sunday.
Toews has been out since earlier this week with possible concussion-related symptoms. He was also in a one-car accident downtown on Thursday morning but the Blackhawks said he was fine. Whether that or his previous injury is keeping him off the road is uncertain.
Meanwhile, Hjalmarsson may have suffered a setback. The defenseman returned last night, playing just over 16 minutes in the Blackhawks' 3-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.
Montador remains on injured reserve after getting hurt against Colorado in early February.
Former Blackhawk Patrick Sharp joins Pat Boyle on the latest episode of the Blackhawks Talk Podcast to discuss the Blackhawks' recent struggles (1:45) and to look back on winning the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship with the Hawks (7:45).
Plus, Sharpy looks back on the games following the birth of his two daughters (11:45), memories from the mother's and father's trip (13:45) and finally starting a new chapter with his broadcasting career (15:00).
Listen to the full episode here or in the embedded player below:
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The Blackhawks placed defenseman Duncan Keith and forward Andrew Shaw on injured reserve Friday, retroactive to Nov. 29 and 30, respectively. The move opens up two spots on the 23-man roster, although the team did not make any corresponding transactions due to cap reasons.
Keith, who has missed the last three games with a groin injury, and Shaw, who is in the league's concussion protocol, will not play in Friday's game against the New Jersey Devils but they will both be eligible to return after that, whenever they're cleared to do so. Injured reserve requires a player to miss a minimum of seven days from their retroactive date.
The Blackhawks do not receive any cap relief by putting Keith and Shaw on regular injured reserve, but if their injuries continue to linger, the team could transfer one or both to long-term injured reserve (LTIR) for financial reasons, which would force them to miss a minimum of 10 games and 24 days from the time of their injury.
The Blackhawks do not have the cap space to make a call-up and with Drake Caggiula, who's on LTIR, inching closer to a return, that complicates things from a financial standpoint. They're currently sitting at 21 players and have $240,030 in projected cap space, according to Cap Friendly.
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