Defenseman Keith sidelined for Blackhawks

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The

Chicago Blackhawks

will be without the services of top defenseman

Duncan Keith

when they face the

Florida Panthers

on Thursday night at

BankAtlantic Center


Keith was hit in the left hand by a shot during the Hawks' 5-4 overtime victory over the

Nashville Predators

on Monday night.

"We're going to say day-to-day but he's out for (Thursday night's) game," Hawks coach

Joel Quenneville

said after Wednesday's practice in South Florida.

Quenneville added that Keith, who has six assists in 11 games this season, could play "soon."


Look for

Sean O'Donnell

to return to the lineup to replace Keith. O'Donnell has been a healthy scratch but should pair with

Nick Leddy

on the back end.

Steve Montador

should see increased time on the Hawks' penalty-killing unit to compensate for Keith's absence.

Corey Crawford

will get the start in goal for the Hawks against the Panthers.

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