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Montador back in lineup for Blackhawks

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Montador back in lineup for Blackhawks

NEWARK, N.J. Steve Montador is back in the lineup, and the Blackhawks will likely dress seven defensemen when they play the New Jersey Devils tonight at the Prudential Center.

Its been a while for Montador (concussion), who will be playing in his first game since Feb. 7. But the defenseman said hes ready to go.

I have a lot of energy, and anytime I get out there tonight I just want to put it to good use, track the puck but also be thinking out there, he said. Once you get out there, all the energys put to good use.

Coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks will probably dress seven defensemen and work (Montador) in.

Its been a while. We just want him to get in the game, keep it simple and go hard in the puck areas, Quenneville said.

The Blackhawks will be playing a Devils team thats been struggling lately, winning just one of their last five games (1-3-1). Martin Brodeur will start for the Devils and Corey Crawford starts for the Blackhawks. Brodeur is 8-3-6 with a 2.01 goals-against average in his career vs. Chicago. This is Crawfords first career game against New Jersey.

Meanwhile, back in Chicago, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews skated for the eighth consecutive days. Quenneville said Toews was not going to be cleared for contact today.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Special guest 5-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Special guest 5-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Jason Goff is joined by Chicago native and former NBA star Tim Hardaway

1:10       On how a Chicago kid went to play college basketball in Texas

6:15       On growing up a Bulls fan

9:20       What did Chicago basketball make Tim?

16:30    On starting his NBA career in Golden State

22:30    On the 90’s dynasty era Bulls and what he appreciated about them

25:25    Which players did he enjoy playing against the most

26:50    On today’s game and the point guard position

29:15    On the influence of analytics on today’s NBA

34:15    On balancing what a player’s skills are vs what the system wants

38:00    On Zach LaVine and his ceiling as a player

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Patrick Sharp gives insight on the team's struggles

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Patrick Sharp gives insight on the team's struggles

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).

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