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DETROIT -- Blackhawks defenseman Sami Lepisto had another "happy day." For a player who's been scratched as much as Lepisto has this season, any game he plays feels that way.

It's been a while since Sami Lepisto has played. But with Steve Montador out with an upper-body injury, Lepisto and John Scott will make up the third defensive pairing for the Blackhawks Monday against the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center.


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.

It took just 2:12 into Sunday's game for the Blackhawks' rivarlry with the San Jose Sharks to reach a boil -- and it came on an illegal hit.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- On Nov. 18, defenseman Sami Lepisto was a minus-2 in the Blackhawks' 5-2 defeat against the Calgary Flames on the circus trip. It was his last time in the lineup.

But it looks like Lepisto, who is a plus-4 in eight games this season, will play for the Hawks Thursday against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Lepisto "could" play, but John Scott, Sean O'Donnell and Bryan Bickell were on the ice 30 minutes after the Hawks' morning skate concluded Thursday, which is typically a sign of who the scratches are for the game that night.

Lepisto, who signed a one-year deal with the Hawks this summer, has been a healthy scratch in 12 of the last 14 games. Here's what Lepisto had to say about his current situation:

Friday was a busy day for general manager Stan Bowman. And it had nothing to do with the annual convention at the Hilton Chicago.

The Hawks announced they signed winger Michael Frolik to a three-year deal, which is worth a total of $7 million, and also defenseman Sami Lepisto, who will make $750,000.

But Bowman also said the team has decided to end negotiations with restricted free agent defenseman Chris Campoli, who has an arbitration hearing scheduled on Aug. 3.


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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan hailing from the Far Northwest Side. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times since 2005, covering the Hawks since 2009. He's also helped cover the Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools.



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