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Keith to miss at least next two games for Blackhawks

Defenseman has groin injury; forwards Strome, Caggiula, Shaw in concussion protocol

by Tracey Myers @Tramyers_NHL / Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Duncan Keith will miss at least the next two games for the Chicago Blackhawks.

The 36-year-old defenseman missed a 4-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues at United Center on Monday because of a groin injury sustained in the second period of a 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 29. Keith has six points (one goal, five assists) in 25 games this season.

The Blackhawks could recall defenseman Adam Boqvist from Rockford of the American Hockey League. The 19-year-old, selected No. 8 in the 2018 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut Nov. 2 and scored his first NHL goal the next night. He has six points (one goal, five assists) in 12 games for Rockford.

"We like him," coach Jeremy Colliton said. "Obviously he did a good job for us when he was up and he's played well, to my knowledge, from what I've seen [in Rockford]. Since he went back down, the team's playing well, so that's what he can control."

The Blackhawks play the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, NESN, NBCSCH, NHL.TV) and visit the New Jersey Devils on Friday. 

Forwards Dylan Strome, Drake Caggiula and Andrew Shaw are in concussion protocol. Strome and Caggiula practiced Tuesday but Shaw did not. 

Colliton said he wasn't sure of Strome or Caggiula's status, or if the Blackhawks would have to call up another forward. 

"We'll solve that problem if we need to," he said. "We don't have to make a decision on that until we get on the plane, so we'll give it another day."

Goalie Robin Lehner returned to practice Tuesday after missing the game Monday with flu-like symptoms.

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