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Peter Regin will play his first game of this postseason and Kris Versteeg will be back in the lineup when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of their second-round series on Sunday night.
Regin was centering a fourth line of Joakim Nordstrom and Ben Smith on Sunday morning while Versteeg was 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 3.
So Regin gets his shot.
“He’s got some speed, some quickness and he’s responsible on both sides of the puck,” coach Joel Quenneville said of Regin. “We’re looking to get that element into our game as well.”
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.
“We’re looking for more directness in his game, more pace,” Quenneville said. “We were ready to start him at the beginning of the series and he was sick. We want to get him up to speed where he’s contributing with the puck, without the puck, influencing both ways, and have more speed in his game.”
Versteeg wants to take advantage of this latest opportunity.
“You always want to play and be a part of it but you have to understand why you’re not in and find a way to get into the lineup. When you do, you have to find a way to stay in the lineup,” he said. “Confidence is always an issue with any hockey player but I understand what I can do with my abilities. Given the opportunity, I know I can be an effective player.”
On the defensive side, it looks like Sheldon Brookbank will be in tonight and Michal Rozsival is likely scratched.