NHL notebook: Hand injury sidelines Blackhawks' Versteeg
CHICAGO — Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg will be sidelined for a month with a left hand injury after he was hurt in the Winter Classic.
Versteeg left Thursday's 3-2 loss to Washington after he blocked Eric Fehr's shot with his hand early in the third period. Versteeg ranks third on the team with 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists) in 34 games.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Versteeg will be out for “about a month,” and the team doesn't think the injury will require surgery.
• Defenseman David Schlemko was claimed off waivers by the Stars, NHL.com reported. Schlemko, 27, had one goal and four points in 20 games with the Coyotes this season. He also had four points in two games with the Portland Pirates of the AHL. In parts of seven seasons with the Coyotes, Schlemko had nine goals and 50 points in 207 games.
• Center Joe Thornton missed the Sharks' game against the Blues because of an upper-body injury. It ends his streak of consecutive games at 319.
— Wire reports