Kris Versteeg RW CHI 2 hours ago

Versteeg didn't skate as part of a regular line during Monday's practice and looks like he'll be a Game 1 scratch for the Blackhawks' second-round series with the Wild, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.

Coach Joel Quenneville elected to bring rookie Teuvo Teravainen back on to the third line at Monday's practice, which likely means that Versteeg will hit the press box for the first time this postseason. The winger, who had previously been scratched for three playoff games last season, has seen his production wane since returning from a broken hand in mid-February. Including the Blackhawks' first-round series victory over Nashville, Versteeg has produced just six goals and two assists in 33 games since the All-Star break.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 4 days ago

Versteeg picked up his first goal (and point) of the 2015 playoffs with a late tally Thursday in Game 5 against Nashville.

The marker snapped a seven-game streak without a point, but Versteeg's struggles go back way farther than that -- dating all the way back to Feb. 26, he has only four points in his last 25 games.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 3 weeks ago

Versteeg scored his 14th goal of the season and fired six shots on goal in Sunday's loss to the Blues.

A strong offensive outing for Versteeg, who skated on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. While Versteeg was productive earlier in the season, his goal Sunday was just his first in 17 games, giving him 34 points in 58 games on the season. If he sticks in a top-six role, he could be dangerous, as he would definitely benefit off the Hawk's tremendous talent up front. If he locks himself into that role, he could be a late-round steal in some playoff pools.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 1 month ago

Versteeg will likely rejoin the lineup for Saturday's game in Dallas, Judd Sirott of 720 WGN reports.

A healthy scratch for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Versteeg skated with Byran Bickell and Brad Richards on the third line at Friday's practice. Andrew Shaw will likely slide back to the fourth line, with Joakim Nordstrom a probable healthy scratch.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 1 month ago

Versteeg has been scratched for Wednesday's matchup against the Rangers, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Versteeg will join Daniel Carcillo and Michal Rozsival on the Blackhawks' list of scratches. The 5-10 winger has recorded just one point in his last eight contests.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 1 month ago

Versteeg will rejoin the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Islanders, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

It was expected that the slumping Versteeg would be a healthy scratch, but he'll apparently stick in the lineup. If his struggles continue, it's possible he could still get a night off sometime soon.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 1 month ago

Versteeg did not skate with the top lines at Monday's practice and is expected to be a healthy scratch for the Blackhawks' game on Tuesday against the Islanders, Chicago Tribune reports.

Versteeg has not scored a goal in seven games and struggled in the Blackhawks' last game on Saturday against the Sharks. This is probably another wake-up call by Hawks' coach Joel Quenneville. He recently benched Bryan Bickell so there is a good chance that Versteeg will be back on the ice on Wednesday against the Rangers. Despite the benching Versteeg's numbers are better than last season. He missed a big chunk of time this season with a hand injury, but still has 13 goals and 19 assists in 48 games. In 81 games last season between Chicago and Florida, Versteeg compiled 12 goals and 24 assists.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 1 month ago

Versteeg produced a power-play assist in Thursday's 2-1 over the Coyotes.

Versteeg connected with Brad Richards, who was parked directly in front of the net for the game-winning score. The assist was the first point from Versteeg since Feb. 24, but he's still enjoying a productive season with 32 points and a plus-13 rating through 47 games.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 2 months ago

Versteeg netted his 11th goal of the season in Wednesday's shootout loss to the Red Wings.Versteeg, who returned from a broken hand last week, has tallied two goals in his first four games back. He's picked up ice time similar to what he received prior to the injury, but has yet to reclaim much involvement on the power play just yet. He should still provide enough scoring at even strength to help fantasy owners while he remains on a line with Brad Richards and the NHL's points leader, Patrick Kane.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 2 months ago

Versteeg (hand) was activated from long-term injured reserve and will play Wednesday against the Blackhawks, ESPN Chicago reports.Versteeg skated on the third line with Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell during the Blackhawks' morning session, and figures to remain there for his first game since Jan. 1. Coach Joel Quenneville indicated that he's expecting Versteeg to contribute right away, so it wouldn't be unreasonable to see the forward log close to his usual 16 minutes of ice time immediately. In order to make room for Versteeg, who tallied nine goals and 18 assists in 34 games prior to the injury, the Blackhawks reassigned Joakim Nordstrom to AHL Chicago.