Antoine Vermette C CHI 4 days ago

Vermette supplied the game-winning goal in double overtime of Saturday's Game 4 victory over the Ducks.

After serving as a healthy scratch in Game 3, Vermette rewarded coach Joel Quenneville's decision to slot him back into the lineup by rebounding his own shot attempt and putting the puck past the Ducks' Frederik Andersen in the game's 85th minute. The center also won 14 of 20 faceoffs in the contest, which should be enough to guarantee his place in the lineup for the remainder of the series.

Antoine Vermette C CHI 5 days ago

Vermette, who was a healthy scratch for Game 4 in the Stanley Cup Western Conference Finals, will be in the lineup for Game 5 on Saturday night against the Ducks, ESPN Chicago reports.

Both Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen were healthy scratches for Game 4. The lack of offense in the 2-1 loss in Game 4 gave Hawks' coach Joel Quenneville a change of mind for Game 5. Teravainen and Vermette rejoined Patrick Sharp on the Blackhawks' third line during the team's morning skate at the United Center on Saturday.

Antoine Vermette C CHI 6 days ago

Vermette was a healthy scratch Thursday for Game 3 because head coach Joel Quenneville wanted fresh legs on the ice, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen were both scratched for Game 3, but both were out of the lineup due to fatigue rather than injury. During Tuesday's marathon game in Anaheim, Vermette logged 21:14 minutes on the ice. After being rested Thursday, Vermette should draw back in Saturday for Game 4.

Antoine Vermette C CHI 1 month ago

Vermette scored his first goal as a Blackhawk and went plus-1 with a pair of penalty minutes in Tuesday's Game 4 triple-overtime victory against Nashville.

Vermette managed only three points -- all assists -- in 19 games with Chicago after coming over in a deadline deal, and he was held off the scoresheet in his 2015 playoff debut Sunday. However, he made his presence felt this time by winning 12 of 20 faceoffs and finally breaking through in the goal column. That should be enough to keep Vermette in the lineup, at least for a little while.

Antoine Vermette C CHI 1 month ago

Vermette will rejoin the lineup for Game 3 Sunday against the Predators, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Vermette was scratched from the first two games for performance-based reasons, but will re-enter the lineup Sunday as the Blackhawks look to retake the series lead against the Predators. The team hasn't clarified yet who will sit in his place.

Antoine Vermette C CHI 1 month ago

Vermette will be a healthy scratch for Game 1 of the Blackhawks' first-round playoff series against the Predators, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Coach Joel Quenneville suggested that Vermette's scratch was for performance-based reasons, as his no goals and three points over 19 games with the Blackhawks clearly registered as a disappointment. Even so, it's still surprising that Vermette will be banished to the press box, considering that the Blackhawks gave up a 2015 first-round pick to the Coyotes in February to acquire him. Perhaps the team is already writing Vermette off as a sunk cost.

Antoine Vermette C CHI 1 month ago

Vermette went without a point in Saturday's regular-season finale against the Avalanche, giving him no goals and three assists over his 19 games with the Blackhawks.

Even during his time as the Coyotes' top center earlier in the season, Vermette was never regarded as a premier scorer, but rather for his competence in a variety of different facets, most notably the faceoff circle. However, the Blackhawks surely expected more than the three points he provided upon coming over prior to the trade deadline, especially since he was flanked by far superior talent than he often played alongside in the desert. Vermette's ineffectiveness could end up costing him ice time during the playoffs, or quite possibly, his lineup spot, as he wasn't skating on a regular line during Monday's practice, according to CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers.

Antoine Vermette C CHI 2 months ago

Vermette collected two assists in Saturday's 6-3 rout of the Sharks.

It took nearly five full games, but the newest Blackhawk finally found the scoresheet after coming over from the Coyotes at the trade deadline. Vermette has been spending most of his time centering Chicago's second line between 21-goal scorer Brandon Saad and highly-touted rookie Teuvo Teravainen, so expect to see the 32-year-old's name on the scoresheet more often going forward.

Antoine Vermette C CHI 3 months ago

Vermette is scoreless in two games with his new team the Blackhawks, but he was the lone Chicago player to register a score in the shootout victory over the Oilers on Friday.

With Vermette it only strengthens a potent Blackhawks' shootout team. Despite not getting on the scoring sheet in two games since the trade from Arizona, Vermette had some very good chances in regulation and overtime against the Oilers. He also won 58 percent of the faceoffs against Edmonton. Against the Rangers, Sunday's opponent, Vermette has three goals and seven assists in 24 career games. He does have a goal against the Rangers when he was with the Coyotes in two games this season.

Antoine Vermette C CHI 3 months ago

Vermette was so-so in his debut with the Blackhawks on Monday against the Panthers after the deadline deal with Arizona last week, ESPN Chicago reports.

Vermette only skated for a little less than 13 minutes against the Hurricanes, but you should see a bigger role on Friday against the Oilers. He centered the second line on Monday, but only won 29 percent of the faceoffs. He had a takeaway and a giveway in the game. It will take some time to adjust to the Blackhawks' system -- but with Edmonton and Arizona, his former team, in two out of the next three games on the schedule it will help him adjust.