Defenseman Keith returns to Blackhawks' lineup

Duncan KeithRostislav OleszChicago BlackhawksSt. Louis BluesJohn ScottSami LepistoBryan Bickell

ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Blackhawks will have a new look to their lineup when they face the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at the Scottrade Center.

Duncan Keith, who missed three consecutive games with an apparent left hand injury, is scheduled to be in the lineup. The defenseman was hit in the hand with a shot during the Hawks' 5-4 overtime victory over the Nashville Predators on Oct. 31.

Also expected to play is winger Rostislav Olesz, who has been a healthy scratch for the last 11 games.

"I haven't played for many games so this is a chance," Olesz said following Tuesday's morning skate at Scottrade Center. "I have to play like it's my last game but I can't be thinking too much so I'm over-motivated. I have to play good hockey. I'm happy to be back and I will play my best."

Olesz likely will replace Bryan Bickell, who will miss his first game of the season as a scratch. Bickell has been held off the scoresheet for three consecutive games and is a minus-3 over that span.

On defense, John Scott is expected to bring his grit to the lineup and replace Sami Lepisto while Sean O'Donnell will sit with Keith's return.

Ken Hitchcock will make his coaching debut for the Blues after taking over for the fired Davis Payne on Sunday.

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