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Saad returns, Teravainen waits for Blackhawks

Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 6:11 PM

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Saad returns, Teravainen waits for Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Brandon Saad will return to the lineup Sunday night for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Nashville Predators at United Center (7 p.m. ET, FS-TN, WGN).

The 21-year old Saad, in his second full season, missed three games with an undisclosed upper-body injury. His versatility and skill have become valuable assets to coach Joel Quenneville, who's played him on both wings and on each of the top three lines.

Saad has scored 19 goals and has 25 assists in 68 games.

Forward Bryan Bickell (upper body) and defenseman Michal Rozsival (lower body) are not healthy enough to return, and Chicago will again make 19-year-old Finnish rookie forward Teuvo Teravainen a healthy scratch.

Teravainen arrived Thursday, but didn't play in a 3-2 Blackhawks home win Friday against the Carolina Hurricanes. Quenneville said he wants Teravainen, who played a full season with Jokerit in the Finnish Liiga, to get some time on the ice in a practice setting before he suits up for a game.

"He's had some skates here the last two days, so we'll see," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Theres a chance he could play Tuesday [against the Dallas Stars]."

The acclimation process for Teravainen took another step Saturday. The Blackhawks didn't skate as a full team, but Teravainen was among a handful of players who got some work in with assistant coaches Mike Kitchen, Jamie Kompon and goaltending coach Steve Weeks.

Newly-signed forward Matt Carey, who played this past season at St. Lawrence University, was also in the group.

Carey is similar to forward Drew LeBlanc. Chicago signed LeBlanc out of college toward the end of last season as a free agent. Like LeBlanc, Carey might get into a game before the regular season ends.

The 22-year old Carey had 37 points in 38 games as a freshman for St. Lawrence, leading the team in goals (18) and ranking second in points and power-play goals (11). He had three three-point games and recorded a hat trick Nov.9 at Dartmouth.

"For the first time seeing [Teravainen] and Matt Carey on the ice, it was nice watching [Carey] play, not having an idea what he looks like ... but he looks like a nice player," Quenneville said. "In a short amount of time, you haven't seen him play hockey yet, but you like the way he worked and I liked his skill set. Teuvo we've seen before, so I was a little more curious on Matt."

Here is how the Blackhawks might lineup Sunday night:

BLACKHAWKS

Kris Versteeg - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa

Patrick Sharp - Michal Handzus - Andrew Shaw

Brandon Saad - Ben Smith - Jeremy Morin

Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger - Peter Regin

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook

Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Nick Leddy - Sheldon Brookbank

Corey Crawford

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Teuvo Teravainen, David Rundblad, Matt Carey

Injured: Bryan Bickell (upper body), Michal Rozsival (lower body)

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