Chicago Blackhawks scratch Brandon Saad against St. Louis Blues

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As the Chicago Blackhawks head in to face the St. Louis Blues on Sunday they chose to scratch forward Brandon Saad from the lineup for undisclosed reasons.
He was active during the practices and didn’t seem to have health issues so it is safe to presume he was taken off as a healthy scratch. Before Sunday he was healthy and fit, skating fine and doing practices well. But during the warm up was not among the top 4 lines.
He has played 75 games this season in which he has accumulated 19 goals, rating above -23 and 26 assists. But he has come off a lower body injury seven games ago and since then his game has been a bit shaky. In those 7 games he has had 0 goals, 1 assist and minus 6 in ratings. He had to sit out 3 games to recover from the injury before skating back on the ice.
Blackhawks head coach, Joel Quenneville, said that he was  now relying more than usual on Saad as he did not have Kane and Toews around to dominate the ice. Both of them are out for the remainder of regular season games as they are recovering from injuries. They are expected to be active members during the regular season games.
Queeneville said that Saad was reliable because he has a good record from last year and he expected him to fit in the role of more responsibility just fine.

“[Saad] has had some real good stretches over the last year or so,” Quenneville said. “I think right now he’s been OK. ... When a couple key guys are out, it’d be nice to see him grab some of the quality ice and lead in that area.”

Unfortunately, it seems Saad was not up for today's game.
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