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Kane, Montador in; Carcillo, Kruger out vs. Kings

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Kane, Montador in; Carcillo, Kruger out vs. Kings

Patrick Kane and Steve Montador will play tonight after being out of Tuesdays practice, but Daniel Carcillo and Marcus Kruger are still out as the Chicago Blackhawks host the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center.

Kane said hes had strep throat since Christmas Eve and struggled through the Blackhawks 4-1 victory over Columbus on Monday. He said he felt much better after taking Tuesday off, however, and is ready for tonight.

It was not the best Ive felt out there (on Monday), not too much energy and I just try to get through games like that, make simple plays, Kane said. Hopefully I make the right ones (tonight) at times and get some production.

Montador just took a maintenance day on Monday. Meanwhile, coach Joel Quenneville said Kruger was feeling all right today, but isnt quite ready to go. Kruger suffered a concussion last Tuesday in Pittsburgh and got hit a few times again vs. Columbus.

Carcillo is getting closer, but Quenneville is looking at him returning against Detroit on Friday.

The Blackhawks have fared well against Los Angeles recently, sweeping all four meetings last season. The Blackhawks also won in Los Angeles in late November, when they wrapped up their circus trip. They are 9-2-1 since then.

Corey Crawford will start tonight.

For Los Angeles, forward Simon Gagne (upper body) was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday.

Podcast: Cubs pass the first test in midst of crucial stretch

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Scott Changnon

Podcast: Cubs pass the first test in midst of crucial stretch

On the latest CubsTalk Podcast Scott Changnon and Tony Andracki discuss the state of the Cubs offense, the value of Javy Baez and Addison Russell and what it means now that the starting rotation looks to be finding its form.

With 17 games in 17 days (most of which come against contending teams), the Cubs started things off right with a series victory in St. Louis.

Listen to the entire podcast here:

NHL Draft Profile: D Quinn Hughes

NHL Draft Profile: D Quinn Hughes

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Quinn Hughes

Position: Defenseman
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 170 pounds
Shoots: Left

Scouting report:

"He's got the puck skills, is a good skater, and is a guy with some high-end offensive talent. He wants to get right in there and play where it's hard and where you get rewarded. When he gets that puck on his stick, he wants to bury it."

NHL player comparable: Torey Krug/Kris Letang

Fit for Blackhawks:

It's no secret the Blackhawks are looking to restock their pipeline with some high-end defensemen. Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell are on the way. But the former isn't a lock to be a full-time NHLer this season and the latter will continue playing in college for the 2018-19 season.

Hughes, who shined at Michigan and the IIHF World Championship with Team USA, would have the best chance of the three to crack the Blackhawks lineup first. The problem is, he likely won't be available at No. 8, so if Hughes is the guy they're locked in on, they'd need to trade up to grab him. 

If they did that, Hughes would give the Blackhawks a third blue line prospect they can get excited about. He's a left-handed shot, which evens out the balance in the system, and he would become a prime candidate to eventually replace Duncan Keith as the team's No. 1 defenseman.