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Blackhawks scratch Versteeg

Florida Panthers v Chicago Blackhawks

Florida Panthers v Chicago Blackhawks

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The Chicago Blackhawks seemed like they were on the verge of scratching Kris Versteeg on Tuesday, yet it turns out they’re doing so against the New York Rangers tonight, instead.

Michal Rozsival and Daniel Carcillo are the other Blackhawks scratches, as’s Tracey Myers notes. Andrew Desjardins gets into Chicago’s lineup in Versteeg’s absence while David Rundblad replaces Rozsival.

Versteeg realized earlier this week that he’s been performing poorly (in more colorful words) so this cannot be a huge surprise. Perhaps it will be the kind of push that inspires him to produce more regularly? That’s certainly the hope.

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