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On the Beat: Cole in, Ruutu out and the Blackhawks’ defense

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon:

Playoff teams:

  • Erik Cole is going to suit up tonight for Carolina.  Don’t you feel he’s due for a goal tonight?????
  • Cole may be in, but Tuomo Ruutu will not beThey’ll miss his physical presence.
  • Duncan Keith and Nikolai Khabibulin sat out practice for Chicago today.  Just resting apparently.
  • Dave Staples echoes many of the same sentiments from last night’s IC Radio Show regarding the mistakes by the Blackhawks’ defensemen.  Good piece.

Non-playoff teams:

  • Are the Ducks still Scott Niedermayer’s first priorityI’d say probably yes, but Vancouver and the Olympics in his home province could prove enticing.
  • Phil Kessel’s shoulder surgery has been deemed successfulGood news.
  • Ken Hitchcock has been watching a lot of videoHe’s one of the best for a reason.
  • There is reason to be optimistic Stars fans.  Jamie Benn has been pretty darn impressive.