So the Blackhawks are sending injured forward Eric Daze to the Mayo Clinic for tests on his back.
He’s missed the last three games due to stiffness.
This is totally and irresponsibly speculative, but I wonder if the Hawks aren’t trying to establish that maybe the pain is in Daze’s head. Back pain is notoriously psychogenic. I don’t know of anything in Daze’s past to suggest the pain is anything less than real. I’m just wondering what reason they could have for rushing him to the Mayo Clinic instead of resting him a few more games. Sure, they need him, but things are so bad in Chicago, how much is he really going to help?