Keith's two goals weren't enough to win the game as Chicago dropped Game 4 by a score of 4-3. Would the series be different had Keith been available for Game 1? The all-star defenseman now has three goals in three playoff games, and on a night where the Blackhawks' big guns could not score, Keith was the exception. He's a proven playoff performer, but Chicago is on the verge of elimination and there's only so much Keith can do. He finished with 24:36 of ice time to lead all Chicago players.
Keith returned to action Friday, scoring a goal and adding a helper in a Game 2 win over the Blues. Keith had missed the past six games due to a suspension. The Hawks missed the reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner in Game 1 and his return helped them even their first-round series with the Blues. Keith, who logged a whopping 30:59 of ice time Friday, tied the game in the final seconds of the second period with a rocket from the point. Now that he's returned, look for the 32-year-old to play an instrumental role in Chicago's playoff run.
Keith (suspension) served out his six-match ban and is available for Game 2 on Friday against the Blues. Keith's presence on the blue line was sorely missed in Chicago's Game 1 loss. In fact, without the defenseman, the Blackhawks went 3-0-3. In terms of fantasy value, the Winnipeg native is definitely a high-end option, especially when you factor in his contributions on the power-play. During the regular season, he averaged 2:49 minutes per game with the man advantage while logging four goals and 14 assists. With the 32-year-old set to return, look for Christian Ehrhoff or Viktor Svedberg to be the healthy scratch.
Keith has been suspended six games for the high-sticking incident against the Wild's Charlie Coyle on Tuesday, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Keith ended up waiving his right to an in-person hearing Friday, which indicated he could face a suspension of five games or longer. Given his history of incidents, it shouldn't come as a surprise the star blueliner has been suspended beyond the remainder of the regular season. The resulting punishment will force him to miss Chicago's first game of the playoffs in addition to the final five regular season games, leaving fantasy owners without a key cog at a crucial point in the season. Duncan will finish the season with a respectable 43 points (nine goals, 34 assists), 130 shots on goal and 25:14 of average ice time on the campaign but should be back for Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Keith faces an in-person hearing with the NHL following a Tuesday high-sticking incident that occurred during Chicago's game against the Wild. That his hearing is in person suggests that Keith could be facing a potential suspension of more than five games, which obviously clouds the blueliner's status for the remainder of the Hawks' regular season slate. The team has five games to go on that front, beginning with Friday's game against the Jets.
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