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Blackhawks' Duncan Keith returns to practice 3 weeks after knee surgery

Monday, November 9, 2015 9:45:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

Duncan Keith is doing little to curtail the rumors that he is actually a cyborg. The Chicago Blackhawks' star defenseman and reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner participated in the team's morning skate ahead of their Sunday night matchup at home against the Edmonton Oilers. Keith had surgery less than three weeks ago to repair a torn right meniscus.

The timetable for his return was four to six weeks. His resuming skating might mean he'll return on the earlier end of that timeline. Don't get too excited just yet, though, Hawks fans.

That said, according to those on scene and judging by this Vine, Keith did not appear limited in his mobility during the skate.

The Blackhawks have certainly missed Keith since he decided to undergo surgery on his lingering injury. The club is 4-3-1 without their top defenseman in the lineup. It's really started to show up over the last five games as the Blackhawks have allowed 20 goals while going 1-3-1 over that span.

Keith is currently on long-term injured reserve, which means he won't be eligible to return until next weekend. Despite the lack of a timetable for his return, you'd have to think his participating in practice with the team is a good sign that he'll be back on the earlier side of the previously announced timeline recovery.

The Blackhawks also got a boost during their morning skate with Marian Hossa and Artem Anisimov both participating. Hossa missed each of the last three games with a lower-body injury, while Anisimov left Friday's loss to the New Jersey Devils early with an apparent lower-body injury.

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