ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is tinkering with his lineup as the team seeks its third consecutive victory when it faces the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
John Scott is scheduled to return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch the last six games. Scott likely will replace fellow defrenseman Sami Lepisto, who was in the lineup two games in a row after sitting out eight consecutive. Lepisto played 12 minutes, 31 seconds against the Islanders last Thursday night but then saw his icetime drop to 8:31 during the Hawks' 3-2 overtime victory over the Sharks on Sunday night.
"I thought (Lepisto) had a real good game on the Isle and the last game not as good as that game," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said following Wednesday's morning skate. "We have three guys who have been kind of in and out of those spots. It gets a chance to keep everybody in the game. It's important we keep them all going."
Expected to sit along with Lepisto is veteran blueliner Sean O'Donnell.
Ray Emery will make his third consecutive start in goal for the Hawks. The veteran has faced the Wild once during his career, stopping 42 of 45 shots in recording a victory Nov. 20, 2006 while as a member of the Ottawa Senators.
"We know that they're a good defensive team as always," Emery said of the Wild, which leads the Western Conference. "This year they've been putting wins together with kind of balanced scoring but it's that same defensive approach and limiting the opponents' chances. We have to limit theirs. We have to not let them generate anything off of our mistakes and bury our chances when we get them."
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