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John Scott back in for Blackhawks; Sami Lepisto to sit

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Blackhawks' blue line will look different -- again.

Tough guy John Scott will return to the Hawks lineup for the first time since Nov. 26 as defensemen Sami Lepisto and Sean O'Donnell are expected to sit out against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.

Lepisto had played in the last two games, but coach Joel Quenneville said he wants to keep rotating him, Scott and O'Donnell in as the Hawks' sixth defenseman.

"I thought [Lepisto] had a real good game [against the New York Islanders,]" Quenneville said. "Last game [against the Sharks], it was not as good as that game. I thought he came in and gave us a nice presence back there [before].

"We have three guys who have kind of been in and out of those spots. We get a chance to keep everybody in the game. It's part of the process. I know it's not easy playing limited minutes or limited games and the focus is on you in those types of situations. But it's important we keep them all going as well."

Scott was a healthy scratch the last six games, while O'Donnell sat out the last two with Lepisto in. Lepisto told the Sun-Times before the Hawks left for St. Paul, Minn. that he felt he could have been better against the Sharks.

"It's nice to play, but last game was bit harder. It was a tough first period for the whole team," Lepisto said. "I think I played a pretty bad period in general. I felt awful."

Lepisto has endured more healthy scratches than others. He has only played in 10 of the Hawks' 30 games.

"I'm here to play," said Lepisto, who has a plus-4 rating this season. "I'm not here to eat popcorn. Of course, I want to make the team better. And I know I can."

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