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Leddy demotion opens door for Hendry

Jordan Hendry has been a healthy scratch in three of the first six games this season. Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks will take on the St. Louis Blues on Monday night without 19-year-old defensemen Nick Leddy who was sent to the minors on Sunday.

“I think we want to make sure he gets a lot of ice time,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said after Monday morning’s practice. “We want to see him play in all situations. The [American Hockey League] is a great place to play for him. There’s still a possibility he could be back here at any moment. We want him to continue to develop and play.”

Leddy played only 8:46 on Saturday against Buffalo. It was the lowest amount of time on ice for him in the six games he played.

The move opens the door for Jordan Hendry to get more playing time. He has been a healthy scratch in three of the first six games.

Quenneville said recently he wanted to “see more” from Hendry, but on Monday he praised him and said with Leddy’s move to the minors it’s a “good chance for [Hendry] to get playing.”

The Hawks will dress seven defensemen on Monday. John Scott will start again at forward as he has the previous two games. Whether he's playing defense or wing, Scott said he just wants to be on the ice.

“I feel like if I played forward for a while I could do some good things and score some goals,” he said.

Jack Skille returns to the lineup after being a healthy scratch against Buffalo on Saturday. Quenneville would not confirm which other forward would come out of the lineup.

Hossa honor: Marian Hossa was named No. 2 star of the week in the NHL. Hossa helped the Hawks to a 3-1 record while recording four goals and two assists. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Hossa is off to his second best start of his career. He’s averaging 1.5 points per game, second only to the 1.6 he averaged in October of 2000-20001.

Kopecky streak: Tomas Kopecky has a four-game point scoring streak. It’s the longest of his career.

Kane gets help: After practice on Monday, Patrick Kane spoke of his illness that kept him out of Friday’s game in Columbus. “Waking up in the middle of the night and my whole body ached,” Kane said. “I couldn’t move. [I] actually took the liberty of flying my mom into town. She took care of me for a couple of days. I feel a lot better so I’m glad I did it.”

Campbell update: Quenneville said Brian Campbell is on schedule for his return from his knee injury, though Campbell hasn’t started skating yet. He was expected to miss four to five weeks.