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Saad out of lineup as Blackhawks face Blues

by Brian Hedger

CHICAGO -- Forward Brandon Saad will not play for the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night against the St. Louis Blues at United Center.

The Blackhawks are hoping Saad, who missed a 3-2 overtime loss Tuesday at the Philadelphia Flyers with an undisclosed upper-body injury, could play Friday here against the Carolina Hurricanes.

"See how he is [Thursday]," coach Joel Quenneville said prior to puck drop against St. Louis. "Good chance [he returns] by the weekend. Fingers crossed for Friday."

Saad, who has 19 goals and 25 assists in 68 games, has become a key part of the Blackhawks forwards group at both ends of the ice. He's flexible enough to play either wing and has seen time on each of the top three lines.

Defenseman Michal Rozsival (lower body) will miss the game against the Blues and might miss a couple more.

"[Rozsival is] progressing," Quenneville said. "We’ll see how he is, but he’s out a couple of games here."

Goaltender Corey Crawford will start. Veteran forward Michal Handzus will play in his 1,000th NHL game.

"These numbers, you think more about them after you're done you can reflect on them," Handzus said. "It’s a nice achievement, but right now I’m focusing on the season and the games and what we need to do as a team."

Here are the projected lineups:


Jaden Schwartz - Alexander Steen - David Backes

Dmitrij Jaskin - Vladimir Sobotka - T.J. Oshie

Patrik Berglund - Derek Roy - Steve Ott

Brenden Morrow - Maxim Lapierre - Ryan Reaves

Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo

Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk

Ian Cole - Roman Polak

Ryan Miller

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Carlo Colaiacovo, Chris Porter

Injured: Magnus Paajarvi (upper body), Jordan Leopold (flu), Vladimir Tarasenko (thumb)


Kris Versteeg - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa

Bryan Bickell - Ben Smith - Patrick Kane

Patrick Sharp - Michal Handzus - Andrew Shaw

Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger - Peter Regin

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook

Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Nick Leddy - Sheldon Brookbank

Corey Crawford

Antti Raanta

Scratched: David Rundblad

Injured: Brandon Saad (upper body), Michal Rozsival (lower body), Nikolai Khabibulin (rotator-cuff surgery)

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