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Jack Skille upbeat after being a healthy scratch

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Jack Skille will suit up for the Blackhawks Monday against the St. Louis Blues. He isn't expected to be healthy scratch like he was Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.

"It sucks because you want to play," Skille said after Monday's morning skate. "Those are things I can't control. It's the coach's decision. I got to do what I'm told and keep working hard."

Skille had played in the first five games of the season. He was always on a line with Viktor Stalberg and their speed became a factor. He recorded his first point of the season Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, assisting on Stalberg's breakaway goal. Skille also logged his most ice time that day, playing 13:07.

But Skille was scratched the next day in part because coach Joel Quenneville wanted John Scott's physical presence in the lineup against the Sabres.

Skille, though, saw it as a wake-up call.

"I take those moments pretty seriously. Some guys complain and some guys sulk about it. But I'm one of those guys who works even harder. Hopefully, the coaching staff sees that and they reward me when that happens."

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