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:
Lots of chatter about Q going with Versteeg. His gut moves have paid off lately. Going with experience for Game 7. Let it play out.—
David Haugh (@DavidHaugh) June 01, 2014
… Along with some pessimism:
Versteeg is back in the lineup…if the Hawks lose this game, that is the reason.—
Frank Caputo (@FrankCaputo4) June 01, 2014
We’ll see if Versteeg makes an impact tonight (one way or another).
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