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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.

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