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Scouting Report: Chicago Blackhawks

Get the skinny on the entire Chicago Blackhawks roster as they prepare to play the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference finals:

Corey Crawford, G, 50: Blackhawks’ No. 1 goaltender for past five seasons; coming off most consistent 82-game regular season, was second to Pekka Rinne in quality start percentage; overcame benching in first round and allowed just one 5-on-5 goal in final three games against Minnesota Wild in second round.

Scott Darling, G, 33: Big and athletic rookie goaltender who has played beyond his experience this season; made 42 saves in relief in a 4-3 double-overtime win over Predators in Game 1, started Games 3-6 in first round; has earned trust of Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and teammates.

Duncan Keith, D, 2: One of game’s best all-around defensemen; plays large role in regular season, even larger one in playoffs; among playoff leaders with eight assists, 56.33 Corsi percentage, 30:38 average ice time and is a plus-10; a Conn Smythe candidate.

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, 4: Team’s best defensive defenseman; among the league’s best at breaking up plays with his stick; starts more than anyone else on team in defensive zone and often given responsibility of opponents’ top lines.

Johnny Oduya, D, 27: Played with fellow Swede Hjalmarsson for much of the past three seasons, often faces opponents’ top lines; struggled early in season and rebounded to play his best at the end of the season; leads Blackhawks in blocked shots in the playoffs.

Brent Seabrook, D, 7: Another of team’s core defensemen; plays on penalty kill and power play; has been a clutch goal-scorer in playoffs; separated from longtime defensive partner Keith for the second half of this season to balance defensemen pairings.

Brandon Saad, LW, 20: Emerging 22-year-old power forward; notched 20 goals for first time this season; plays on top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa; excelled in Western Conference finals against Los Angeles Kings last postseason.

Marian Hossa, RW, 81: Still one of the league’s premier two-way players at 36; goal numbers were down this season, but impacted game in other ways, including on power play and penalty kill; has made backchecking an art; six of seven assists in playoffs have been primary ones.

Jonathan Toews, C, 19: Often put in the discussion of the league’s best player; impacts game on offense and defense, wins faceoffs, contributes on power play and penalty, team captain; second to Patrick Kane on team with 11 playoff points this season, Conn Smythe candidate.

Patrick Kane, RW, 88: One of the NHL’s top offensive players, stick-handling ability is unlike few who have played the game; was tied for league lead in points when he fractured his clavicle on Feb. 24 and missed final 21 regular-season games; returned for playoffs and has seven goals and 13 points in 10 playoff games; a Conn Smythe candidate; has compiled 104 points in 103 career playoff games.

Michal Rozsival, D, 32: Suffered season-ending ankle injury in Game 4 against Wild; averaged fifth-most minutes among defensemen and was paired with Keith; has played in 50 playoff games for the Blackhawks the past three seasons.

Brad Richards, C, 91: Signed affordable one-year deal with the Blackhawks in the offseason in order to make another run at a Stanley Cup; brought in to be missing piece as second-line center; has developed chemistry with Kane on and off the ice; play has varied throughout the season.

Marcus Kruger, C, 16: Blackhawks’ unsung hero; has been permanent fixture as fourth-line center past three seasons, starts mainly in defensive zone against opponents’ best players and is team’s top penalty-killing forward, provides occasional offense.

Patrick Sharp, LW, 10: Team’s best shooter; had an up-and-down regular season, but has elevated play again in the playoffs; normally a top-6 forward, has helped depth of the Blackhawks by playing on third line with Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen; has scored a goal in 19-of-21 career playoff series.

Kris Versteeg, RW, 23: Helped form dangerous line with Kane and Richards throughout November and December; fractured his hand in Winter Classic and production never returned once healthy; was made a healthy scratch throughout the second round.

Bryan Bickell, LW, 29: Earns his contract in the playoffs; average third-line forward in regular season, amps up game and production in playoffs; has 16 goals and 15 assists in the playoffs over the last three seasons; moved up to second line with Kane and Richards in the second round; leads team in hits in the playoffs.

Andrew Shaw, RW, 65: Versatile forward who has often played third-line center, moved to fourth-line right wing in the playoffs; provides net-front presence on top power-play unit and is the team’s main agitator; improved faceoff game gives Blackhawks’ options in different situations.

Andrew Desjardins, LW, 11: Didn’t receive as much hype as the Blackhawks’ other trade-deadline acquisitions, but has carved a place for himself in the lineup; physical forward who can win puck battles and fill checking-line role; has clicked with linemates Marcus Kruger and Andrew Shaw.

Antoine Vermette, C, 80: A two-way forward who was considered a major get at the trade deadline; endured a difficult transition to Blackhawks and was made a healthy scratch for two games in the first round; began proving his worth, especially on faceoffs, during the second round and has made the Blackhawks a deeper team at center.

Teuvo Teravainen, RW, 86: Considered the Blackhawks’ top prospect for the past few years because of his vision and offensive game; spent most of season playing in AHL, adjusting to North American game from Finland, and had to be patient for his chance; factored in second-round sweep on third line.

Kimmo Timonen, D, 44: Acquired at trade deadline after not playing all season due to blood clots; game isn’t what it once was now at 40, but brings stability and defense to back end; hasn’t been playing a lot in playoffs; will retire after season.

Joakim Nordstrom, LW, 42: Defensive forward capable of playing on fourth line and penalty kill; played in two games in the first round before becoming a healthy scratch the past eight games.

David Rundblad, D, 5: Was in and out of lineup throughout the regular season; upside is he can produce offensively, downside is defensive game can be shaky; will likely replace Michal Rozsival (fractured ankle) in the lineup.

Daniel Carcillo, RW, 13: Veteran forward who has played a number of winning teams; was in and out of lineup in fourth-line role during regular season; hasn’t played since March 25 .

Kyle Cumiskey, D, 26: Mobile defenseman capable of generating offense; spent most of season in AHL and was named Rockford IceHogs’ defenseman of the year; has been a healthy scratch throughout the playoffs.