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Kane, Toews will ‘absolutely’ be ready for playoffs

Apr 13, 2014, 1:47 PM EDT

Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews AP

The Chicago Blackhawks haven’t had Patrick Kane since March 19 or Jonathan Toews since March 30, but both of the injured forward are still on track to be ready for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“They’re ready to go,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Absolutely ready.”

Losing both of them to injuries might prove to be a blessing in disguise. After all, they should be well rested going into the playoffs. Then again, the Blackhawks would have probably preferred that they didn’t get quite this much time off as rust might emerge as a factor.

Chicago went on a four-game winning streak after Toews joined Kane on the sidelines, but the team finished the season with back-to-back losses against Washington and Nashville. The Blackhawks will play against St. Louis or Colorado in the first round.

  1. edmonddantes21 - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    I live in St Louis and im gonna do everything in my power to be at game 1 because Hawks rule!

  2. martyks55 - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    I’m looking forward to seeing the Hawks in the playoffs. The biggest problem, however, is no one will touch the Bruins until the Hawks get to them… It appears to be Boston’s year. I sure hope we can get it together by that time.

    • bildomatic - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      Boston could potentially have to go through Detroit and Montreal just to get to the ECF… Both those teams gave the Bruins fits this season so even if the Bruins do make it through the East it will by no means be a cake walk.

    • garn53 - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Hopefully the old saying applies here -> ‘cream always rises to the top’. This has been the year of the Bruins and Ducks, but as a Hawk fan I am hoping they can rise to the top now that the playoffs are starting. Net minding is my only concern. CC must elevate his game substantially or else the Hawks can go ahead and book early T times.

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