LOS ANGELES -- The Chicago Blackhawks are using seven defensemen in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).
Sheldon Brookbank is in the lineup, replacing left wing Kris Versteeg with the Blackhawks trying to stay alive to force Game 7 in Chicago on Sunday. Los Angeles leads the best-of-7 series 3-2.
Versteeg made a turnover at his blue line to start a sequence which ended with Kings forward Dustin Brown scoring on a rebound to tie the game 3-3. Chicago won the game, 5-4, on a goal by Michal Handzus 2:04 into the second overtime.
Brookbank has two assists and a plus-4 rating in six games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
This is the second time Versteeg has been scratched this postseason. He sat out during the second round against the Minnesota Wild. He has one goal and two assists in 14 playoff games.
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville did not make any other changes to his lineup, going with the reconfigured top-two forward lines and the defensive pairs that played in Game 5.
Here are the projected lineups:
Bryan Bickell - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa
Brandon Saad - Andrew Shaw - Patrick Kane
Patrick Sharp - Michal Handzus - Ben Smith
Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger
Duncan Keith - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Brent Seabrook - Nick Leddy
Michal Rozsival - Johnny Oduya
Marian Gaborik - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown
Tanner Pearson - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli
Dwight King - Jarret Stoll - Justin Williams
Kyle Clifford - Mike Richards - Trevor Lewis
Jake Muzzin - Drew Doughty
Willie Mitchell - Slava Voynov
Alec Martinez - Matt Greene
Injured: Robyn Regehr (knee)
Scratched: Colin Fraser, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Brayden McNabb, Jeff Schultz, Linden Vey, Andy Andreoff, Jordan Nolan, Jean-Francois Berube