Olesz can't get in Hawks' lineup

Olesz can't get in Hawks' lineup

Posted by TimS on Mon, 10/31/2011 - 12:00
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said of Rostislav Olesz before training camp that he was eager to see where the veteran forward fit in with his new team. That question remains unanswered a month into the season. Olesz, acquired from Florida last June for Brian Campbell and earning $3.1 million, has been a healthy scratch for the last seven games and likely will sit again Monday night when the Hawks host Nashville. Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said following Monday's morning skate John Scott could be in the lineup at forward on the fourth line for the second straight game. A spot has opened at forward because of Daniel Carcillo's two-game suspension. Quenneville claimed there wasn't anything in particular he hasn't been seeing from Olesz that would lead to him not playing. “Opportunity right now is what's holding him back,” Quenneville said. “That's kind of where we're at. We had a winning lineup there and we wanted to get Johnny in last game without Danny.” Scott played 1:44 in Saturday's win over Columbus and was minus-1 in three shifts. Quenneville said Olesz is not having any problems with his knee that was surgically repaired last February. "He's fine," said Quenneville. It also appeared from the skate that Sami Lepisto would be back on defense for the second straight game in place of Sean O'Donnell. Corey Crawford starts in goal against Pekka Rinne.
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