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Duncan Keith to miss first four preseason games

Report: Defenseman has not participated in any scrimmages at Blackhawks training camp

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Defenseman Duncan Keith is expected to miss the Chicago Blackhawks' first four preseason games, assistant coach Kevin Dineen told CSN Chicago on Monday.

Keith, who has been recovering from a right-knee injury, has skated in one practice each day at training camp but has not participated in any scrimmages. It is unclear whether he will play in any preseason games.

"That's a question that [Duncan] and the medical staff, [general manager] Stan [Bowman], [coach] Joel [Quenneville], we'll all get to that. I wouldn't foresee him certainly in these first four games. I would say that's not going to happen," Dineen said. "We'll let him keep progressing on his timetable that he's on now.

"He's out there wheeling around, doing well. We had a good chat with him today. He feels like he has a lot of jump but not a lot of stamina right now. We'll continue the way we've handled it so far. We'll keep moving forward that way."

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Keith, 33, was selected to play for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 but withdrew Aug. 24 to continue his rehab.

"It's just kind of been something that's been basically going on for a while now," Keith told the Blackhawks website Sept. 23. "I tried to use some time here this summer to rest it and do some different things. But once I started skating, it didn't react very well, so I had to do a few different things to try and get it ready.

"It was disappointing I wasn't ready to go for the World Cup. ... But maybe I wouldn't be where I am right now with it if I didn't take the time to let it rest and not start skating again until a couple of weeks ago."

Keith had surgery in October to repair his meniscus and played 67 games last season. He missed six games in the three seasons prior to that and had missed 20 games over the 10 previous seasons, all with the Blackhawks.

Assistant coach Mike Kitchen said last week he believed Keith would be able to play the season opener on Oct. 12 against the St. Louis Blues at United Center.

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