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Blackhawks dress seven D-men, scratch Versteeg

by Shawn Roarke

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

Sheldon Brookbank

Corey Crawford

Antti Raanta


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

Jonathan Quick

Martin Jones

Injured: Robyn Regehr (knee)

Scratched: Colin Fraser, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Brayden McNabb, Jeff Schultz, Linden Vey, Andy Andreoff, Jordan Nolan, Jean-Francois Berube

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