Role Players Who Must Step Up for Chicago Blackhawks When the NHL Returns

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Role Players Who Must Step Up for Chicago Blackhawks When the NHL Returns
Mark Zaleski/Associated Press

The Chicago Blackhawks sent 10 of their players to Sochi to participate in the Olympic Games.

That speaks volumes about the talent level that general manager Stan Bowman has provided head coach Joel Quenneville to work with on an every-game basis.

However, in the first few games following the Sochi experience, it may be hard for key Olympians like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane, Johnny Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson to get back to speed right away.

The Blackhawks resume regular-season play at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers Feb. 27 and then host the Pittsburgh Penguins Mar. 1 in a Stadium Series game at Soldier Field.

While the key Olympians get their NHL bearings back, the Blackhawks will depend on some of their role players to step up and increase their production in the first few games following the break.

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