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Ducks face a big challenge when they play West-leading Blackhawks on Saturday

Ducks face a big challenge when they play West-leading Blackhawks on Saturday

The Midwestern swing of the Ducks' trip has swung back, and now here comes a heavyweight.

After Chris Stewart got knocked out and Ryan Getzlaf banged up in a deflating loss to Columbus on Thursday, the Ducks must face the Western Conference-leading Chicago Blackhawks in a potential playoff preview Saturday at United Center.

"I don't know if I'd call it a measuring-stick game, but I'll see how far we've progressed," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Stewart returned to Orange County to be examined for a possible broken jaw after he took a right hand to the face in a fight with Columbus defenseman Dalton Prout. His status probably will be known Sunday and Boudreau...

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