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Chicago Blackhawks Kris Versteeg Cleared To Play!

By Sean Fitzgerald

Jan 17, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (23) celebrates his goal with defenseman Duncan Keith (2) during the first period against the Anaheim Ducks at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

After leaving Friday night’s game with an upper body injury, Kris Versteeg was ruled day to day by the Chicago Blackhawks coaching staff. On Saturday the prognosis changes, Versteeg was cleared to practice. With Versteeg practicing, the chances of Sheldon Brookbank playing forward were lessened.

After practice on Saturday, Versteeg had passed all the concussion related tests. Versteeg declared himself ready to play on Sunday against the Bruins. This is a good sign for the Blackhawks. Versteeg might have been finding his game after struggling mightily this season. Versteeg had scored his first goal since December 27th and his ninth of the season. Versteeg should resume his position on third line with Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus. Patrick Kane will go back to the second line with Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw.

We can all let out a collective sigh of relief that Versteeg is not injured. We can also thank the hockey gods that Coach Quenneville with not have to resort to using project brookbank at forward.

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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