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Versteeg returns to Chicago’s lineup for Game 7

Jun 1, 2014, 8:08 PM EDT

Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville has made some substantial tweaks in the 2014 Western Conference finals, with some working out against the Los Angeles Kings and some providing a minimal impacts. He raised a few eyebrows on Sunday by inserting Kris Versteeg back into the lineup.

Michal Rozsival also drew back into the Blackhawks mix tonight.

Versteeg had a flat-out disastrous Game 5. He made a mistake that opened the door for at least one Kings goal and another chance or two without providing much of an offensive burst.

The 28-year-old found himself glued to the bench after a second-period Dustin Brown goal despite the game hitting a second overtime and then was a healthy scratch in Game 6.

It’s a bit surprising to see him back in the lineup for such a big game, even if he’s replacing a nondescript player like Sheldon Brookbank. A quick search of “Versteeg” produces some optimism:

… Along with some pessimism:

We’ll see if Versteeg makes an impact tonight (one way or another).

  1. comeonnowguys - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM

  2. tfilarski - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    #freemorin

  3. slysipops - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    what an assassin move !

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    I was surprised to see not only Versteeg but also Bollig playing. Total time on ice of 5.28 in an overtime game. Morin and Regin would have brought speed and intensity – and a better chance of scoring.

    So going with 3 lines only progressively wears out the top lines.

    I hope the whole line is gone next year. Handzeus was helpful on kills and had occasional big goals, but the reality is that at his age AND having had ACL and MCL tears, he’s just too slow.

    Morin is a keeper – Hawks need to commit to playing him.

    So I share the sentiments of #freemorin

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