Kris Versteeg wasn’t mincing words following Monday’s practice when he wasn’t on the top four lines, usually an indication of an upcoming healthy scratch.
The puck had barely crossed into the Rangers’ zone when it was sent right back out again. It happened a few more times on that power play, as well as the ensuing one.
The Blackhawks knew they were going to miss a lot of things when they lost Patrick Kane (fractured left clavicle) for a few months.
At the beginning of the season coach Joel Quenneville was asked about the Blackhawks’ lack of scoring. It was early, and perhaps players were a little rusty. Quenneville wasn’t worried.