Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Duncan Keith will miss first 4 preseason games due to right knee rehab
Duncan Keith will miss the first four pre-season games as he continues rehabilitation on his injured right knee, Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Kevin Dineen told reporters after the practice of training camp Monday.
Keith has not been ruled out for the final two preseason games Blackhwaks Jerseys - October 4 against Detroit and 8 October in St. Louis.
The 33-year-old defender has been named to the Canadian team for the World Cup, but out of the competition on August 24 to give him more time to rehab his knee. Keith was operated on October 20 last year to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee he suffered during the Stanley Cup final in 2015 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Keith, a double winner of the Norris Trophy, had nine goals and 34 assists in 67 games last season. He added three goals and two assists in six postseason games.
Dineen also said that the Blackhawks will be without forward Patrick Kane and defenseman Michal Kempny when they play the Pittsburgh Penguins in their first pre-season game Wednesday. Both players participated in the Hockey World Cup in Toronto for their country, but were eliminated after the tournament round to round.
Dineen said defensive perspective Ville Pokka could play.
Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and forwards Artem Anisimov, Marcus Kruger and Artemi Panarin join the Hawks training camp Friday. The four players were eliminated in the semifinals of the World Cup.