CHICAGO - Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg has been scratched for the second straight playoff game.
Versteeg also missed Chicago's 5-1 victory over St. Louis in the clinching Game 6 on Sunday. But it looked as if the veteran forward would be back for the opener of the Western Conference semifinals against Minnesota. He warmed up before Friday night's Game 1.
Joakim Nordstrom replaced Versteeg in the lineup again. It was Nordstrom's second career playoff game.
Versteeg played the first five playoff games against the Blues, compiling two assists. He has 14 goals and 25 assists in 62 career playoff games.
I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride. I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years. I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.
— Martin St. Louis after announcing his retirement from the NHL on Thursday