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Johnny Oduya | Defenseman

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/1/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 188
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Johnny Oduya said that he suffered a tear in his left elbow during Game 3 against Tampa Bay, he didn't miss a game.
In fact, Oduya played in all 23 games for Chicago in their Stanley Cup victory. "I didn't really have any power in my triceps, but other than that, I felt good the last few games here, so it was no issue, really," Oduya said of the injury. The 33 year old defender, who is not known for his offensive prowess, is an UFA this summer. He is coming off a cap hit of $3.375 and his second Cup with Chicago. Jun 16 - 7:14 PM

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Johnny Oduya not only played in Game 4, but he saw the second most ice time on the team.

He logged 25:45 of playing time Wednesday night despite seeing reduced minutes in Game 3 on Monday night because of an upper-body injury. Oduya didn't look 100 percent but he played a strong game. He was credited with five blocks and one hit to go with a plus-1 rating in Chicago's 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 11 - 10:48 AM

Confirming earlier reports, Johnny Oduya is healthy enough to suit up for Game 4 Wednesday night against the Lightning.

The Blackhawks will avoid losing one of their top-four defensemen as Oduya is ok to play after sustaining an upper body injury in Game 3. Oduya has been a big-time minutes eater on defense for Chicago this postseason playing in at least 20 minutes in all but two of the Hawks 20 playoff games this year. He has notched five assists with a minus six rating during the Blackhawks run to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Jun 10 - 7:53 PM

Johnny Oduya (upper body) is "likely" to play in Game 4, according to coach Joel Quenneville.

Oduya didn't take part in Wednesday's morning skate, but it sounds like he will be OK to play. He had a minus-2 rating and was limited to 16:47 of ice time on Monday night because of an upper-body injury.
Jun 10 - 12:24 PM

Johnny Oduya (upper body) didn't participate in Wednesday's morning skate.

That doesn't bode well for his status for Game 4 against Tampa Bay. Oduya sustained an upper-body injury on Monday night that caused him to miss parts of the second and third periods.
Jun 10 - 12:09 PM

Johnny Oduya is dealing with an upper-body injury.

That's not a lot of information, but it's surprising to get even that much during the Stanley Cup Final. Oduya missed part of the second and third periods on Monday due to the ailment. It remains to be seen if he'll play in Game 4, but coach Joel Quenneville thinks he'll be alright.
Jun 9 - 2:43 PM

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville plans to take a wait-and-see approach regarding Johnny Oduya's undisclosed injury.

Oduya missed part of the second and third periods due to what's believed to be an arm problem. If he's unable to play in Game 4 then that would be a big blow to Chicago as they've been leaning heavily on their top-four defensemen. Oduya has averaged 24:44 minutes per game in the playoffs.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 9 - 9:40 AM

Johnny Oduya appeared to have an arm injury and played limited minutes in Chicago's Game 3 loss on Monday night.

Oduya logged less than 17 minutes of ice time during this contest which is pretty low if you have been following the Blackhawks at all during this postseason. The Hawks had to deploy their seldom used fifth and sixth defensemen during the latter stages of Game 3 and it looked like it cost them on eventual game winning goal for the Lightning. Oduya showed obvious discomfort while playing the puck on his stick and it will interesting to see what his status is for the series going forward.
Jun 9 - 12:06 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks have won games in many different ways this postseason but even they will tell you that they are playing with fire at times.

The Hawks have definitely made some game interesting and that held true in game one against Minnesota, after they built up a 3-0 lead just to see the Wild come back and tie it. Chicago ended up winning the game, but they are aware that playing with fire can burn you eventually. "We talk about it," defenseman Johnny Oduya said when asked if the Hawks are ever concerned about playing with fire. "Sometimes you’re amazed as a player just as much as everybody else watching and you don’t know what’s really going on. But you try to control it as much as you can and not let your emotion get in your way."
May 3 - 10:02 AM

Johnny Oduya thinks the Blackhawks need to improve defensively in the high-scoring areas.

Even though the Blackhawks won Game 1, the Wild erased a 3-0 deficit. They have also given up 38 shots per game, most among playoff teams. That’s not a recipe for Stanley Cup success. "We need to tighten up a little," Oduya said. "You don't want guys hanging out by themselves in the slot and getting opportunities. That's something you want to keep away from. You don't want to put stress on your goalies to come up with big saves."
May 2 - 10:02 PM

Johnny Oduya's two-game point streak ended on Monday, but he played a strong game against Los Angeles.

He logged a team-high 24:42 of ice time and he posted a plus-3 rating in a 4-1 victory. Oduya also registered two shots, three hits and four blocks.
Mar 31 - 12:42 PM

Johnny Oduya (upper body) is expected to return Thursday night.

"I feel good," Oduya said. "A lot of improvement from last week [when he returned to practice]. You don't really know how you'll respond after skating for a couple of days, but it feels good." He has been absent from the last six games due to an upper-body injury. He's slated to be paired with Niklas Hjalmarsson again versus Arizona.
Mar 12 - 9:45 AM

Johnny Oduya (upper body) will probably return on Thursday.

Oduya took part in Friday's morning skate as he works towards being ready by that date. "It's coming along good. I felt pretty good," Oduya said. "Obviously nice coming back and skating with the guys after being in isolation for 10 days, so it's nice to be back with the guys on the ice." Oduya, who lasted played on Feb. 22, doesn't think he'll need to be eased back into the lineup when he does return.
Mar 6 - 6:05 PM

Johnny Oduya could return to action by the end of next week.

Oduya is recovering from an upper-body injury. Check back with us next week for an update as to his status.
Feb 28 - 12:05 PM

Johnny Oduya (upper body) is expected to be sidelined for around a couple of weeks, according to coach Joel Quenneville.

He was injured on his first shift of the Chicago's 6-2 loss to Boston on Sunday. The Blackhawks are slated to lean on Tim Erixon and David Rundblad more during Oduya's absence.
Feb 24 - 10:36 AM

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4Corey Tropp
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D1Duncan Keith
2Brent Seabrook
3Kimmo Timonen
4Niklas Hjalmarsson
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