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Blackhawks' Duncan Keith waives in-person hearing, will have phone hearing Friday

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Chicago will know its top defenseman's fate Friday afternoon.

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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith has waived his right for an in-person hearing, and will have a phone hearing Friday afternoon, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced late Thursday night.

Keith was given five-minute major penalty and a match penalty for intent to injure for high-sticking Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle during the Blackhawks' 4-1 loss to the Wild on Tuesday. Keith is suspended indefinitely for the match penalty.

Keith was offered an in-person hearing Wednesday, meaning he could be suspended six games or more.

The incident occurred at 9 minutes, 27 seconds of the first period.  Keith swung his stick with his right hand and connected with the face of Coyle, who left the game with a cut across the bridge of his nose. Coyle received medical treatment then returned before missing a shift.

Keith, 32, has nine goals and 34 assists this season.

It will be the third suspension Keith will serve. He served a one-game suspension during the 2013 Western Conference Final for a high-sticking infraction against the Los Angeles' Kings Jeff Carter in Game 3, and five games for elbowing Vancouver Canucks' forward Daniel Sedin in 2012.

Blackhawks' remaining schedule

OPPONENT DATE LOCATION
Winnipeg Friday Winnipeg
Boston Sunday Chicago
Arizona April 5 Chicago
St. Louis April 7 Chicago
Columbus April 9 Columbus