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Blackhawks rookie Henri Jokiharju to be healthy scratch vs. Lightning

The Finnish defenseman has 10 assists this season.

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Columbus Blue Jackets Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Rookie defenseman Henri Jokiharju will miss his first NHL game as a healthy scratch Friday when the Blackhawks visit the Lightning at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

Jokiharju leads the Blackhawks in Corsi-For at 56.09 percent while playing in a top-four role. He has 10 assists this season, which ties him with Brent Seabrook for the most points among Blackhawks blue liners. Jokiharju’s assist total ranks only behind Patrick Kane (13) on the team.

The 19-year-old Finnish defenseman started the season with veteran Duncan Keith on the top defensive pairing under Joel Quenneville. But since head coach Jeremy Colliton took over the team, Jokiharju has skated on the second line with Erik Gustafsson.

Brandon Manning will draw into the lineup in place of the 19-year-old Finnish defenseman. Manning has been a healthy scratch the past two games. He has a goal and an assist in 16 games in his first season with the Blackhawks.

Jokiharju isn’t the only player that will be a healthy scratch Friday. Forwards John Hayden and Andreas Martinsen will also be out as veteran winger Chris Kunitz and rookie forward Luke Johnson draw into the lineup.