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Hendry, Scott on fourth line for Blackhawks

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The blue-line line is back together for the Hawks Saturday against the San Jose Sharks. Defensemen Jordan Hendry and John Scott will play wing on the fourth line with center Jake Dowell.

The Hawks only recalled Jeremy Morin from the Rockford IceHogs. Morin flew in Friday night as the Hawks continue to shuffle him back and forth to limit his cap hit.

Did the Hawks think about recalling another forward? Rob Klinkhammer made his NHL debut against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday.

"We could of," coach Joel Quenneville said after Saturday's morning skate. "We did last game. It was an option."

So the only other option the Hawks had was putting Hendry, who last played Nov. 7, back in the lineup. Scott and Hendry were used on the same line on Nov. 3 against the New Jersey Devils. Neither played in third period of the 5-3 loss.

Quenneville is still OK with using them together.

"One thing about defensemen up front is that you know they're responsible [with] a defensive mindset, [which is] kind of like the way we want to approach it," Quenneville said. "Plus, we get Jordan in the lineup, which is something we're looking forward to."

Scott is still a better fit at forward in the Hawks system.

"His size is certainly noticeable when he's out there," Quenneville said. "He's been fine up front and he was fine on the back end. He's done a pretty good job of where he is right now. So we'll keep him going up front right now."

Here are the Hawks' projected lines and pairings for Saturday vs. the Sharks:

Stalberg -- Toews -- Skille

Morin -- Sharp -- Kopecky

Bickell -- Bolland -- Brouwer

Scott -- Dowell -- Hendry

Keith -- Seabrook

Hjalmarsson -- Campbell

Boynton -- Cullimore

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