Mar 6, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) reacts with right wing Patrick Kane (88) after scoring a goal during the third period at the United Center. Chicago defeats Columbus 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

NHL rumors: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews will 'absolutely' be ready for playoffs

The Chicago Blackhawks have been playing without two of their top stars since the end of March, but they are expected to be healthy enough to return to the line up soon. Right winger Patrick Kane has been out since March 19 with center Jonathan Toews absent since March 30, however, they remain on target for the Blackhawks playoff-opener.

“They’re ready to go,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Absolutely ready.”

Chicago will be playing either the St. Louis Blues or Colorado Avalanche in the opening round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Without Kane and Toews in the line up, the team was able to record a 4-2 record.

There are some concerns that rust could be an issue for the two stars when they return to the line up, but the Blackhawks appear confident that they will be able to help them go on another deep run as they defend their 2013 title.

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