The Chicago Blackhawks will be returning to action in a few days. Ten 'Hawks took part in the 2014 Sochi Olympics over the last two weeks. Six of them will be going head to head in Sunday's gold-medal clash between Canada and Sweden. Patrick Kane is in action Saturday as the U.S. tries to salvage a bronze medal.
Meanwhile, veteran Blackhawks Marian Hossa, Michal Handzus and Michal Rozsival have had some time to recover following Slovakia and the Czech Republic being eliminated earlier this week.
Even a few days off for the three elder statesmen for Chicago is nice as the 'Hawks prepare to resume their NHL schedule in New York Feb. 27. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya and Marcus Kruger won't have a lot of down time before Chicago meets the New York Rangers, but that's the way it goes.
As for the rest of the Blackhawks roster, there has been an opportunity to recharge for what figures to be a taxing stretch run to the playoffs this spring. Here are four 'Hawks who I feel had the most to gain with the recent time off.