Versteeg will be back in the Hawks lineup for game 5.
Versteeg is expected to skate on the top line with Bryan Bickell and Jonathan Toews. The Blackhawks are currently down two forwards: Andrew Shaw is injured and Brandon Bollig was suspended two games for his hit on Wild defenseman Keith Ballard in Game 4. Versteeg started the playoffs on the top line with Toews and looked good at the start. He struggled the rest of the way, however, and has been scratched several times, once for illness.
Andrew Shaw will drop to the third line, with Versteeg moving up to the top-line to play with Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad. Versteeg has just one goal and one assist in his last eight games, a promotion should help spark some offence out of the former Panther.
Versteeg didn’t play the third period on Friday night, after he collided with teammate Bryan Bickell at the end of the second. Versteeg was down for a few moments before going off under his own power. The Blackhawks right wing, who practiced with the team on Saturday, said it was more precautionary that he didn’t return in the Blackhawks’ 4-2 victory over Anaheim.
The Florida Panthers traded Kris Versteeg and Philippe Lefebvre to Chicago for Jimmy Hayes and defenceman Dylan Olsen on Thursday night.
Versteeg played for Chicago for three seasons from 2007-10. He scored 44 goals and 101 points in 170 games with the Blackhawks. Versteeg missed much of the lockout shortened season, he was held to four points (2G / 2A) in 10 games. This season he has two goals and seven points in 18 games. Versteeg has been a 20-goal scorer three times, so he adds extra firepower to an already strong Blackhawks lineup.
Versteeg was a healthy scratch on Saturday, but he draw back into the lineup tonight. He will play on a line with Marcel Goc and Tomas Kopecky. Versteeg has two goals, three assists and a minus-7 rating in 13 games.
Panthers Kris Vereteeg (knee) says he has been cleared to play and will play on Thursday. Tomorrow's preseason game with be his first game since March 11th.
Versteeg has had a hard time staying healthy lately. He has missed a total of 49 games in the last two seasons. That being said, when he is in the lineup he is productive. He is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy selection and is probably best served to start the season on the waiver-wire.
#FlaPanthers Kris Versteeg out skating with the main group for first time since being hurt Feb. 12...on scratch line with Kovalev/Upshall
It is has been a tough season so far for Versteeg. He hasn't played since February 12th and only has 1G, 2A and a -7 in seven games this season. He won't be back tonight but he skated today and should be back in the lineup soon.
Kris Versteeg not skating OUT for #FlaPanthers v #Leafs
Versteeg hasn't played since February 12 and won't be in the lineup tonight when the Panthers take on the Maple Leafs. He has struggled this season with only 1 G, 2 A and a -7 in 7 games this season. He posted up 23 G and 31 A in 71 games last season so he could be a good pickup when he returns from injury if he can find his scoring touch again.
#FlaPanthers Kevin Dineen says Kris Versteeg doubtful again v #tbLightning
This is not good news for the Panthers as Versteeg is one of their best offensive options. They were shutout last night agianst Montreal and could use Versteeg as soon as he is ready to go. Consider him day-to-day for now.