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Niklas Hjalmarsson may be in the Chicago Blackhawks’ lineup for the first time since Feb. 23. The defenseman participated in morning practice and said he’s hopeful to play in tomorrow’s game against the New York Rangers. From the Chicago Blackhawks:
“It’s really painful to just be able to practice and not to play,” the 24-year-old blueliner told the media post-practice. “This is the first time in the last couple years I’ve been out for a long period of time. Hopefully I’ll be out there tomorrow.”
Despite missing some time, Hjalmarsson is 23rd in the league in blocked shots with 126. Matthew Wilson is editor of Center Ice Chat. Follow him on Twitter @Mattjw24. Be sure to also Like us on Facebook and to Follow our Tumblr page. If you'd like to contribute, or appear as a guest columnist, please email us at

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