Kris Versteeg RW CHI 4 Months

Chicago's hoping for more out of Kris Versteeg in 2014-15.

Versteeg was listed as a healthy scratch for four games during the playoffs and logged just 3:44 minutes of ice time in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final. He got off to the campaign on the wrong foot because of a knee injury that he spent his summer recovering from, but he's healthy going into the 2014 offseason.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 4 Months

Kris Versteeg did return to Chicago's lineup in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final, but he logged a mere 3:44 of ice time.

He didn't post any stat of value during the contest after he was a healthy scratch in Game 6. Versteeg finished the playoffs with one goal and three points in 15 outings. He also had a minus-5 rating. In 81 games this season between Florida and Chicago, he recorded 12 goals and 24 assists.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 4 Months

It looks like veteran forward Kris Versteeg will re-enter the lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks tonight when they play the Los Angeles Kings in the seventh and deciding game of the Western Conference Final.

The veteran forward was a healthy scratch in the series' Game 6 in Los Angeles. Chicago Joel Quenneville scratched Versteeg, who struggled in Game 5, and used defenseman Scott Brookbank up front. NHL.com is reporting, however, that it appears that Versteeg will skate tonight at right wing on the Hawks' fourth line with left wing Brandon Bollig and center Michal Handzus. Handzus started Game 6 as the center of the third line. But the third line tonight likely will be comprised of left wing Patrick Sharp, center Marcus Kruger and right wing Ben Smith, a combination that played well when put together in spurts for overtime of Game 5 and throughout Game 6.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 4 Months

Kris Versteeg will be a healthy scratch on Friday.

That's not much of a surprise. Game 5 went to double-overtime and Versteeg still only logged 6:48 minutes of playing time.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 4 Months

Kris Versteeg was limited to a mere 6:48 of ice time in Chicago's 5-4 double overtime win over Los Angeles on Wednesday.

He had one shot and a minus-2 rating in the contest. Versteeg has been scratched before in the postseason and it wouldn't be surprising if he took a seat in the press box in Game 6 on Friday night.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 4 Months

Kris Versteeg recorded his first goal of the playoffs in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime victory over Minnesota.

He has been in and out of the lineup for Chicago, so opening the scoring in Game 6 likely felt like a huge relief. It was also his 28th birthday on Tuesday. Going back to the regular season, it was Versteeg's first goal since Mar. 25. He has three points in nine contests this spring.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 4 Months

Kris Versteeg started Game 5 on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell.

He has been scratched for a few games in the postseason, once due to an illness, but coach Joel Quenneville still has faith in him. "We're looking for more directness in his game, more pace," the Blackhawks bench boss said. "We were ready to start him at the beginning of the series, and he was sick. We want to get him up to speed, where he's contributing with the puck, without the puck, influencing both ways, and have more speed in his game." He ended up helping out on the team on a speedy fourth line, alongside Peter Regin and Brandon Saad. Versteeg has two assists in eight games this postseason, but he hasn't registered a point in his past six outings.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 4 Months

Kris Versteeg is projected to be a healthy scratch on Friday.

It would be Versteeg's third game in the press box since the start of the 2014 playoffs. He has two assists in seven postseason contests.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 5 Months

With Andrew Shaw sidelined, Chicago Blackhawks winger Kris Versteeg draws back into the lineup against the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 on Sunday.

Versteeg has been in and out of good favor in Chicago, struggling with illnesses and inconsistency. He generated two assists in his five playoff appearances so far in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 5 Months

Kris Versteeg is likely to return to the Blackhawk lineup after missing Friday's contest with an illness.

He will be needed and especially so if Andrew Shaw is not be able to play Sunday in Game 2.