Last night the Chicago Blackhawks restored balance to the hockey world. The Blackhawks defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-2. Despite all the positive energy emanating from the United Center, there was a negative in last night’s victory. At the end of the second period, Bryan Bickell and Kris Versteeg collided. That collision was like a freight train hitting a Geo Metro. The metro aka Versteeg lost out in that collision. Versteeg did not return for the third period. After the game, Coach Quenneville stated after the game that Versteeg was day to day with an upper body injury.
Versteeg was assessed today and allowed to practice. The lower body injury must not be not be too serious. In last night’s game, Versteeg had scored his ninth goal of the season and his first since December 27th.
With the possiblity that Versteeg MIGHT be out and the Blackhawks not carrying any extra forwards on the roster; the assumption is that either Sheldon Brookbank or Mike Kostka with play forward. Either one of these defenseman at forwards shouldn’t excite people.
Brookbank has started several games at the right wing this season. The results have been anything less than stellar. Brookbank is not known for his offensive prowess. This season Brookbank has registered one goal and two assists. For his career Brookbank has only SIX goals and 34 assists. The other option is Kostka. Kostka has been a defenseman in his two NHL seasons. This season with the Blackhawks he has not appeared as a forward. Kostka has only appeared in seven games this season as the 6th defenseman. Kostka has two goals and one assist on the season. For his NHL career, Kostka has two goals and 9 assists.
With all of that being said, my uneducated guess would be that Brookbank COULD get Versteeg’s forward spot. Brookbank seemed to Quenneville favorite when it comes to replacing forwards. We can just ask Jeremy Morin for confirmation on this fact.
The Blackhawks will take on the Boston Bruins in a Stanley Cup rematch this Sunday. The start time of the game has been changed 11:30am. The game can be seen on NBC.
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