First Star: Kris Versteeg
Nov 29, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (23) chases the puck during the first period against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Kris Versteeg found his niche with the Chicago Blackhawks (again), and despite the team struggling as a whole, the 27-year old had his most consistent week since being acquired earlier in the season. Versteeg kept his stat line clean in the last seven days, putting up a goal, 4 points, and a +3 rating in four games. Versteeg was part of a line shuffle that the Blackhawks made in the latter part of the week, and ended up with Patrick Kane and Michal Handzus for the Blackhawks’ game on Sunday. Versteeg’s versatility was well-pronounced in the last seven days, as he contributed offensively despite being forced to play with different line-mates almost every night. Versteeg’s 18:03 against the Ducks was the highest TOI total since the trade back to Chicago, and the Lethbridge, AB native even got on the board against his former team, recording an assist and a +2 rating against the Florida Panthers on Sunday.
The Blackhawks kick off another busy week when they play the Dallas Stars for the third time in 11 days on Tuesday. They follow that up with a visit from the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, then face a weekend back-to-back against the Toronto Maple Leafs and L.A. Kings.
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