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Blackhawks forward Versteeg questionable for Game 1

by Brian Hedger /

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg missed practice at United Center on Thursday because of a lower-body injury, leaving his status questionable for Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Minnesota Wild on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2).

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Versteeg is day-to-day. He said the injury is not serious.

Versteeg, who played in all six games against the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference First Round, skated outside the top four lines during practices Monday and Wednesday.

He had one goal against the Predators while primarily playing at left wing on the second line, with center Brad Richards and right wing Patrick Kane. Forward Bryan Bickell was moved into that spot this week, and rookie Teuvo Teravainen was put at right wing on the third line.

Quenneville also said forward Daniel Carcillo has been cleared medically to return from an upper-body injury that kept him out the final nine games of the regular season and the entire series against Nashville. However, Quenneville did not say if Carcillo would be in the lineup for Game 1.

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