CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya will not play against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday and will miss his third consecutive game due to a lower-body injury, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.
Quenneville was not concerned about Oduya missing time in the upcoming playoffs. The Blackhawks have four regular-season games remaining. Oduya has three goals, 12 assists and a plus-nine rating in 74 games this season.
“We’re giving him a rest,” Quenneville said of Oduya.
Blackhawks rookie forward Teuvo Teravainen will be a healthy scratch for a third consecutive game on Sunday. He has played three games since being recalled from Finland on March 21.
Quenneville said Teravainen wasn’t playing because of the importance of the games down the stretch.
“Timing,” Quenneville said. “It’s [the] time of the year. It’s a big league, it’s a hard league. We want to make sure that we’re helping ourselves get points, and I think he’s learning as well.”
Quenneville said forward Michal Handzus could play against the Blues after missing the last two games. He has four goals, 11 assists and a zero rating in 56 games this season.