Duncan Keith Out Sick, Blackhawks Coach ‘not Sure’ If It’s Mumps – Cbssports.com

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Blackhawks send Morin to Blue Jackets for Erixon – Washington Times

(USATSI) Anytime an NHL player so much as sniffles at this point, the concern over mumps spreading throughout the league is going to be elevated. Now there are questions if the spreading virus has hit the Chicago Blackhawks as star defenseman Duncan Keith will miss Tuesday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild with an illness. When asked if it could be the mumps, head coach Joel Quenneville said, Not sure about that. I don’t know what’s wrong. He’s sick. (via Chicago Sun-Times ) Keith is well known as one of the more fit players in the league and he has often logged major minutes for the Blackhawks over the years. A lot of players play through various illnesses and ailments, so either the Blackhawks are being extremely cautious, or Keith is feeling pretty terrible. Mumps has officially hit five NHL teams so far including the Wild, Anaheim Ducks , New Jersey Devils , New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins . The St. Louis Blues never had a confirmed case of the mumps, but they had players go down with illness as well earlier in the year. Sidney Crosby was recently felled by the disease while Penguins teammate Beau Bennett has a suspected, but unconfirmed case. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/24895258/duncan-keith-out-sick-blackhawks-coach-not-sure-if-its-mumps

Duncan Keith won

Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks, who dominated in the second period and took a 3-1 lead. But Minnesotas Nino Niederreiter connected on a penalty shot, and Marco Scandella fired in a screened goal in the third period to tie it. The power play came up with a big timely goal, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. I didnt mind overall what transpired tonight. Tough game. Marian Hossa and Brent Seabrook also scored, and Ben Smith added an empty net goal for the Blackhawks, who won for the 10th time in 11 games. And they did it without top defenseman Duncan Keith, who was sidelined by an undisclosed illness. Its a good little run were on here and we want to keep it going, Smith said. Even when were up two goals in the third and they storm back to tie, we found the way to get the job done. Minnesotas Thomas Vanek scored in the first period as the Central Division rivals met for the first time since the Blackhawks defeated the Wild in the second round of last seasons playoffs. Antti Raanta made 26 saves as Blackhawks No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford sat out an eighth game because of a foot injury sustained when he left a concert two weeks ago. Crawford is expected to return this weekend. Niklas Backstrom made 34 saves. source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/17/kanes-late-goal-lifts-blackhawks-past-wild-5-3/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

Kane’s late goal lifts Blackhawks past Wild 5-3 – Washington Times

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) trips Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter on a breakaway against goalie Antti Raanta, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Chicago. Niederreiter was awarded a penalty shot on the play which he made. The Blackhawks won 5-3. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

“Nonetheless to assure the health and wellness of hospitalized children, the organization has decided to be extremely cautious.” Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sport Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sport The Islanders’ decision came a day after it was revealed that Penguins player Beau Bennett visited Pittsburgh Children’s hospital before it was determined he might have mumps. Though the Penguins didn’t suspect Bennett had mumps when he visited, it has brought negative attention to the team. Hospital officials are trying to figure out what patients and staff members Bennett came in contact with. ESPN reported Tuesday that the Calgary Flames postponed a holiday children’s hospital visit scheduled for Wednesday, and the Carolina Hurricanes postponed a charity visit for Wednesday. The team was vaccinated a month ago but wanted to play it safe, according to ESPN. The network said the Minnesota Wild have hospital visit scheduled for Monday but are talking with the hospital before making a decision. Earlier, the Anaheim Ducks, who have had mumps cases, cancelled some public appearances by players, including a visit to a hospital. “Mumps is a little trickier because the spectrum of clinical symptoms can vary quite a bit so it’s not easy to detect it early on,” said Dr. Greg Wallace of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), lead of mumps, measles and rubella team. If Bennett is confirmed as having the mumps, he would be the 15th NHL player to be diagnosed with the virus, and it is believed there have been others that have not been confirmed. source: http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nhl/nhl-teams-cancel-public-appearances-amid-mumps-concern/ar-BBgTlfM?srcref=rss

NHL teams cancel public appearances amid mumps concern

Morin has no points in 15 NHL games this season. The winger was assigned to Rockford of the AHL for a conditioning assignment Tuesday because he wasnt playing at all with the loaded Blackhawks. Its a good chance for Mo to play and for Timmy to join our organization, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said before Sunday nights game against Calgary. The 23-year-old Erixon is looking to get established in that continued rotation and show he can play at our level, Quenneville continued. Well get to find out a little bit more about him tonight in joining our team, and complement our team game as well. Morin, 23, has eight goals and eight assists in 54 career regular-season games, all with Chicago. He also played in two postseason games in May. The Blue Jackets next game is Tuesday night in Detroit. Erixon had one goal and five assists in 19 games with Columbus this season. He scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 26 at Los Angeles. source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/14/blackhawks-send-morin-to-blue-jackets-for-erixon/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS


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