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Good health is a lot for a team to ask for throughout all 82 games of the regular season, especially for a team with a target on its back who gets each opponent's best effort every night like the Blackhawks.
A healthy hockey team is as important as any other intangible when striving for success throughout the regular season like the Hawks are in the midst of.
Fortunately, for the most part the Hawks' core group of players (Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook) haven't suffered injuries that have held them out of the lineup for an extended period of time. Unfortunately, not everyone on the Hawks' roster has been able to stay healthy the entire first half of the season.
Marcus Kruger, Chicago's 21-year-old center, is one member of the Blackhawks who recently went down after taking a hit to the head from the Pittsburgh Penguins' Deryk Engelland that resulted in a three-game suspension for the Penguins defenseman.
Considering the Hawks were already lacking players at the center position, the health of Kruger and every other Hawks player is extremely vital as the team approaches the halfway point of the regular season in a tightly contested Western Conference.