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The Chicago Blackhawks have played some of their best hockey of the season over the past month despite missing several of their best players.
Getting top defenseman Duncan Keith back in the lineup should make them even more formidable.
Keith is scheduled to return from a five-game suspension Thursday night when the visiting Blackhawks face the Minnesota Wild for the second time in five days.
Already playing without captain Jonathan Toews due to a concussion, the Blackhawks (44-26-10) lost Keith for five games after he elbowed Vancouver's Daniel Sedin on March 21.
The Blackhawks went 2-1-2 without Keith - the 2009-10 Norris Trophy winner and the team's top scoring defenseman this season with 40 points.
While having Keith available will be a huge boost, Chicago is still waiting for Toews to return from the concussion that has sidelined him 20 games. Toews has been ruled out for Thursday, but could return Saturday for the regular-season finale at Detroit.
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