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Western Convention Accidents: Kings, Predators, and the Blackhawks

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Dennis Bernstein: Los Angeles Kings ahead Gabriel Vilardi is day-to-day with an upper-body damage and isn’t touring with the group to start out off their highway journey based on coach Todd McLellan.

Emma Lingan: Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi missed final evening’s recreation. Predators ahead Matt Duchene is week-to-week with an upper-body damage.

Mario Tirabassi: Chicago Blackhawks ahead Philipp Kurashev will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder damage. Coach Luke Richardson stated that he gained’t require surgical procedure.

CHGO Blackhawks: Jonathan Toews on his well being state of affairs, nearly shutting it down, and making an attempt to return again.

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“I’d say, even a pair weeks in the past it was sort of thought in my thoughts that it … I made the choice to tug myself out and put myself first to try to handle my physique and do what’s proper for myself.

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It wasn’t a straightforward resolution, clearly, particularly given the state of affairs the place your group is and the way issues are going. Everybody’s taking part in by one thing. Everybody’s battling one thing. It’s laborious to let your teammates down in that sense

For me the choice was, I obtained to get myself proper or the choice to not proceed to play might be going to be made for me. I believe it’s an vital factor for me to get again to a spot the place I do know bodily however mentally and emotionally I’m having fun with the sport.

That it’s not day by day, clearly it’s a troublesome recreation and the travels troublesome. You go down the listing of challenges you face taking part in hockey at this stage, nevertheless it’s been quite a bit. I believe I simply needed to simply put myself first in that state of affairs and try to get issues proper and go from there.

Having stated that, it’s getting all the way down to the place it’s the previous couple of video games, and like I simply talked about, the thought sort of crosses your thoughts that this may very well be it for me in Chicago. So it’s undoubtedly vital, try to go on the market and actually soak that in and revel in it, and like I stated present my appreciation for the followers as properly.”

TSN: Chris Johnston notes that after final evening, the Chicago Blackhawks solely have eight video games left and Jonathan Toews is making an attempt to get into a number of of them.

“… and that’s as a result of his future past this season could be very a lot unknown, his future in Chicago is unknown, due to what’s gone on with the group there and he’s had important well being challenges. He opened up with reporters in Chicago on Tuesday, speaking in regards to the results of the lengthy COVID, about his unsure future, however there’s feeling proper now that he’s no less than going to have the ability to play and no less than have some kind of swan track with the Blackhawks earlier than the tip of this season.”

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