Saturday, January 3, 2015
Blackhawks' Kris Versteeg sidelined 'about a month'
Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg will miss "about a month" with a left hand injury, according to coach Joel Quenneville.
Versteeg was injured in the third period of the Hawks' 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals Jersey on Thursday when he was hit in the hand by a shot off the stick of Eric Fehr. Quenneville said it is "doubtful" that Versteeg will need to undergo surgery on the hand.
The Hawks recalled Teuvo Teravainen from Rockford of the AHL on Friday and was on the ice for Saturday's practice at Johnny's IceHouse West. Teravainen centered the fourth line with wingers Joakim Nordstrom and Ben Smith.
"We don't need (Teravainen) to carry the team. we just want him to play hard and be contagious with (his) energy," Quenneville said. "I'm sure he'll see some shifts with (Patrick) Kane and other guys as well during the course of a game. I think it will all grow as he plays. And how well he plays will dictate how much."
The 20-year-old Teravainen had six goals and 17 assists in 33 games with the IceHogs this season.
"It’s been my goal to be here this year, and I’ve been working so hard all summer and now in the season and I’m happy to be here," Teravainen said. "I think I’ve improved just a little bit of everything — my defensive game it’s been good, and just create some offense and just American-style hockey. I’ve just been learning every day."
Meanwhile, Corey Crawford will make his fourth consecutive start in goal when the Hawks face the Dallas Stars on Sunday night at the United Center. Nordstrom is expected to be in the lineup in place of veteran Daniel Carcillo.
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