Blackhawks D Duncan Keith out 4 to 6 weeks after knee surgery

 Duncan Keith underwent knee surgery on Tuesday to repair a right meniscal tear.
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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith underwent knee surgery on Tuesday to repair a right meniscal tear and is expected to miss four to six weeks, the team announced.

In six games this year, Keith has two assists and is ranked 17th in the NHL in average ice time at 24:21 minutes per game. Last year, Keith won the 2015 Conn Smythe Trophy​ after scoring three game-winning goals en route to the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup victory.

Before this injury, Keith had not missed more than eight games in a season through his 10 previous seasons with the Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks will play the Panthers on Thursday night. Chicago sits in sixth place in the Central Division with a 3–3 record.

Chicago reportedly remains in the trade market for a defenseman after losing Keith.

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- Christopher Chavez