The Chicago Blackhawks’ Brian Campbell has been listed as a game-time decision for Thursday night’s Game 4 in Nashville. Campbell has been out since 3/14 when Alex Ovechkin’s boarding penalty left him with a broken rib and clavicle. He has been skating with the team for two weeks.
Campbell’s absence has been noticeable, particularly in breakout situations. The Hawks have been hemmed in their own zone numerous times this series because of an inability to make that first pass. His return would be an emotional boost, as well as a bonus on the power play, but it’s uncertain if he can weather the kind of punishment that the Predators would attempt to throw at him, knowing that he might not be 100% ready for heavy contact. A return this fast from a clavicle injury is unheard of, but if he’s cleared to play (and I’m guessing he will be), then this could be a turning point in the series. If he plays, expect limited minutes by his standards, probably somewhere in the 16-18 range.
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