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BLOG: Kruger focused on winning ahead of trade deadline

The two-time Stanley Cup champion spoke to reporters after Friday's practice

by Austin Siegel /

However this Blackhawks season is remembered, this season where checking the playoff and draft lottery odds on the same night seems totally normal, Marcus Kruger will have seen it before.

Kruger isn't part of the Blackhawks core of Stanley Cup veterans who have seen it all and done it all in Chicago. But he's no youngster either, learning how to win in the NHL for the first time.

Anchoring the Blackhawks fourth line after being reacquired from Arizona in the offseason, the 28-year-old is focused on what he can control. On Friday afternoon, that meant improving the Blackhawks league-worst penalty kill. 

"We don't want to be where we are right now. But we can't do anything about that. Have to move forward and get better," Kruger said. "That can help us win games if we play better in that area. That's an area where we can improve a lot. I think over the last little while it's been better even if we've been giving up goals. I think we've been playing pretty good. We just need to keep the focus on the whole kill."

With the Blackhawks role at this month's upcoming trade deadline still undefined, Kruger is keeping his focus on what he can control. No small feat for a guy who has been dealt three times in the last year.

"We don't talk about it a whole lot. Right now we're focused on winning and doing well. Everything else is going to take care of itself," he said. "Obviously we wan't to be up in the standings. That helps. Right now we've just got to focus on one game at a time. I know it sounds boring, but that's what we've got to do right now."

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