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Regin, Versteeg draw in for Blackhawks in Game 5

May 11, 2014, 12:56 PM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks will have a few changes to the lineup for Game 5 against the Minnesota Wild.

CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers says forwards Peter Regin and Kris Versteeg joined line rushes at the morning skate. Versteeg skated with Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell and Regin centered the fourth line with Joakim Nordstrom and Ben Smith.

The Blackhawks were forced to make at least one change because of the two-game suspension given to Brandon Bollig for boarding Wild defenseman Keith Ballard. Andrew Shaw‘s absence also creates an opportunity.

Regin and Versteeg aren’t likely going to be the only changes. Sheldon Brookbank may replace Michal Rozsival on the blue line.

Rozsival stayed on the ice late while Brookbank was in the locker room early. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said, “We’ll see” when asked if there was a change coming there.

With the series tied 2-2 and after dropping two in a row in Minnesota, the Blackhawks are looking to get back on track at home.

  1. McFaddensPulledHammy - May 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    He’s panicking. Unbelievable that a coach with that much experience would bring in a guy who hasn’t played in three weeks and one who when he has played, has sucked mightily.

    When they were down 3-1 to Detroit last year, I didn’t see this much panic.

    • esracerx46 - May 11, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      Obviously you don’t pay much attention to the way Quenneville coaches. He’s constantly tinkering with lines. He benched the wrong third d pairing member in game 3 IMO. The wild made changes as well putting Ballard in and making some forward moves, one out of necessity with Moulson being out. But they made adjustments before that. The only one perceiving panic is you, and some very pessimistic Hawk fans

  2. mikemj - May 11, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Hope to see Brookbank in there for the rest of the series, he played well the other night. Rozsival, meanwhile, probably leads the Wild in assists this series.

    Whatever you think of Regin and Versteeg, they’re both more skilled than Bollig.

  3. esracerx46 - May 11, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    I’m glad Regin is drawing in. Versteeg can have his moments. If he protects the puck you love him, when he doesn’t, you forget he’s in the press box. Would rather see a fourth line of Morin Regin and Versteeg take a regular shift. Morin and Regin worked very well together.

  4. guitarisgood4u - May 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Q: “This random lineup generator app is really cool!”

  5. gret9 - May 11, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    I’m not seeing what Q is seeing with Nordstrom. He made at least 4 misplays in the last game that lead directly to Wild scoring chances. I thought for sure he would be a Game 5 scratch. But since I haven’t won a game yet as an NHL coach I’m just going to support whoever Q decides to put out there and hope for the best.

    Go Blackhawks!

    • no - May 11, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      I agree, even though morin looked pretty rubbish in his one game, nordstrom has looked very mediocre in all his appearances

  6. hockeyornothing - May 11, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    That Q: app comment was hilarious. Fortunately I don’t think Q needs the app. I think we do miss Froelich tho and with the Leafs looking to trade Bolland maybe we can get him back albeit at a reasonable price

  7. onlineinsite - May 11, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    As a Wild fan, I think the far bigger problem facing Chicago is Minnesota’s 3rd and 4th lines. I said this before game 4. It’s not Parise, Granlund, and Coyle that are causing the major problems for Chicago. It’s El Nino, Cooke, Haula, Spurgeon, Fontaine. If the WIld continue to neutralize/limit Chicago’s top two lines, then this series may well go to the Wild.

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