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Versteeg (lower body) will play in Tuesday's game against the Flyers, ESPN Chicago reports.
Versteeg will make his season debut after recovering from a lower body injury that kept him sidelined the last two weeks. He will likely line up as part of the Blackhawks' second line Tuesday night.
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Versteeg (lower body) said that he expects to be in the Hawks' lineup on Tuesday at home against the Flyers, the Chicago Tribune reports
Versteeg has not skated in the Blackhawks' first four games and is ahead of schedule. He skated with the second line on Monday with Patrick Kane and center Andrew Shaw. In his second go-around with Chicago he had 10 goals and 19 assists in 63 games last season. For the entire 2013-14 season including his games with Florida, Versteeg had 12 goals and 24 assists in 81 games for the season. His career best came in the 11-12 season for the Panthers with 23 goals and 31 assists in 71 games.
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Versteeg (lower body) practiced with the team Monday.
The winger has yet to suit up this season, but will likely be back in action Tuesday against the Flyers. Versteeg skated on the second line at Monday's practice alongside Andrew Shaw and Patrick Kane. If that is indeed how the lines shake out for Tuesday, expect Brandon Saad to be bumped down to the third line, and Jeremy Morin to end up watching from the press box.
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Versteeg (lower body) will be reevaluated by the Blackhawks' medical staff Monday, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Versteeg has been skating for the last few days and joined the Blackhawks for Saturday's morning session, but he's still awaiting clearance to participate in full practices. With coach Joel Quenneville suggesting that Versteeg is ahead of his recovery timetable, it's possible he could be given the go-ahead to practice immediately after Monday's checkup.
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Versteeg (lower body) was skating at Friday morning's practice and will be on the ice for practice Saturday with his return still unknown at this time, CSN Chicago reports.
Versteeg was injured during a practice October 7 and was expected to be out for three weeks which would put it at the end of the month. Hawks' coach Joel Quenneville though said that he appeared to be ahead of schedule. "He said he skated well today and he feels real good," Quenneville said. "He's made significant improvement." If you go by the original time schedule, Versteeg would be back for the October 28th game against the Ducks at home.
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Head coach Joel Quenneville hopes Versteeg (lower body) will be able to resume skating this weekend, CSN's Tracey Myers reports.
It's not clear what exactly is ailing Versteeg, but if he is able to skate this weekend, he could suit up for the Blackhawks before the end of the month.
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Versteeg (lower body) is close to getting back on the ice, ESPN Chicago reports.
If Versteeg can return to the ice this week, that would probably mean that he's way ahead of schedule for a return. The winger is coming off a disappointing 2013-14 campaign, but had a solid preseason this year, and will try to increase his offensive production when he returns.
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Versteeg (lower body) reported Saturday that his condition is improving, but said he still remains a few weeks away from a return, ESPN Chicago reports.
Versteeg is expected to return to the ice at some point next week, when the Blackhawks will begin easing him back into a full workload. Ben Smith is expected to occupy Versteeg's spot in the lineup until he's deemed ready for a return.
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Versteeg (lower body) will be sidelined for about three weeks, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Coach Joel Quenneville said that Versteeg wouldn't require surgery or spot on long-term injured reserve, but it's tough news to take after the veteran forward turned in a top-notch training camp. The Blackhawks value Versteeg for his versatility on the penalty-kill and at even strength, attributes that are often difficult to quantify in the fantasy game. With Versteeg out of the picture for multiple weeks, the Blackhawks will turn to Ben Smith to step in and fill the void in their bottom-six.
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Versteeg has a lower-body injury and will be reevaluated Wednesday, Tracey Myers of CSNChicago.com reports.
It's not known how the injury occurred at Tuesday's practice, but coach Joel Quenneville said that Versteeg's ailment wasn't related to his surgically-repaired knee. Still, it's yet another ailment in what has been a rough-and-tumble training camp for Versteeg, who took a shot off his ankle and missed time due to an illness a few weeks back. Coach Joel Quenneville didn't provide much information on Versteeg's latest injury beyond suggesting that "it didn't look good," which wouldn't seem to create much optimism that he'll be available for Thursday's opener against the Stars.