Patrick Kane.

Blackhawks Lineup Changes Coming For Game 3

After failing to register a single shot on goal in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final, it appears Patrick Kane will open Game Three with new linemates.

Kane had spent most of the first two games of the series with Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad, but coach Joel Quenneville indicated Sunday that he’ll use his home ice advantage to find more favorable matchups for the Hawks’ leading postseason scorer.

Marian Hossa figures to bump back up to the line with Toews and Saad, while Kane appears headed to the second line with center Brad Richards. Who skates on the opposite wing from Kane may be up in their, however; Bryan Bickell may be ready to return to action Monday night at the United Center.

Trevor van Riemsdyk may also draw in on the blue line, making his NHL playoff debut in place of either Kyle Cumiskey or David Rundblad.

35 thoughts on “Blackhawks Lineup Changes Coming For Game 3

  1. Can’t hurt to reset the lines, 20-19-81 play well together and the combo of 29-91-88 could be alright Bickell should be fresh and if he plays like he should Kane could benefit. Like the other lines. If Q plays TVR it can’t hurt.

  2. Although Bickel has not been scoring, he has been hitting. I think Kane would benefit from having Bickel on his line hitting people. I also think TVR will be better than Runblad or Cumisky. Make the moves Q

  3. 88 will probably get pseudo double shifted. he will probably see “normal” 2nd line minutes with 91/23(29). Then I’d think he will get some shifts with 19 when a favorable situation presents itself (such as icing situations and end of periods where 88 can empty the tank and then have the intermission to recharge)

    i will admit, now is not the time to get too cute… but with Q in control with last change, things could get interesting…

  4. The Hawks need a semi-answer for Tampa Bay’s smothering defensive forward play and eye popping skating ability that allows them to collapse so fast. Crawford also needs to be outstanding like he was in game 1. These games come down to capitalizing on the very few mistakes that get made.

  5. Cumiesky and Runblad are severe liabilities. That said I cannot get comfortable with throwing TVR out there right now. I just can’t.

  6. Let’s see if Bickell is able and willing to clear space and get in front of Bishop or the Ruskie tonight. He needs to create havoc in front of the net and be an aggressor. He has been loathe to serve that rule but NO excuses tonight. If I’m Q I swap DesJardins for Sharp on that 3rd line.

  7. Tab – THANK YOU so much for doing this site. Long time Hawks fan, but this is the first playoffs I’ve been reading your blog consistently. And thanks for the heads up on the morning skate lines. Blackhawks were posting to Periscope for quick vids but that was only during the first round…

    Here’s the Kane getting some space to play!!

  8. Pete- problem w/ 29… he is too slow to hit the Quick/forwards of TB
    29 is too small to impact the HUGE D men of TB + he might still be dinged up – so won’t win a hit versus D men that are bigger than him…

    Only impact- I think 29 can make- is getting to front of net… which he is soft in doing!!! I would rather see Baun- to be honest

  9. No doubt Q loves Van Riemsdyk, my gut tells me he will replace 26 since 5 brings a little more offense to the table, but then again, Cumiskey has more overall playoff experience, Has a slight edge in defensive play, and has averaged a whopping two minutes more than 5. Who knows. Hell of a season for TVR, if he can contribute positively the Blackhawks have a serious talent on their hands.

    Why not split Kane and Toews up, they can’t do worse than almost 0 production, nothing to lose there. The sky wasn’t falling to begin with, 19 was a skate blade away from scoring in game two, Kane did everything he could to help tie the game up at the end, didn’t happen. Even out the lines and see what happens, nobody’s winning the Cup tonight.

    Bickell is missed, it would be nice to have a bruiser out there, assuming he could catch them. He was wincing in game seven, pretty obvious he’s dealing with a concussion, and it can’t be his first. I’d love to see him on the ice in the series, but I’d rather have them sit out then be in a horrible headline a couple years from now. Good on Q for the way he’s handled him.

  10. Going to be a lot of tight sphincters at the UC tonight. Bickell back in, Kane and Toews split up, the Bolts flying around and a rookie defenseman playing in his first game in 6 months in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Good lord what a spot to put this kid in.

    I think this series has a lot of twists and turns left in it. Think back to the Boston series when the Bruins had the Hawks on the ropes with Rask looking unstoppable and along comes the Game 4 6-5 barn-burner. Being down 3-1 vs. Detroit and 3-0 vs. Vancouver. Much, much more to come in this series…

  11. Mr. Rufus in relevant part: “….Tampa Bay’s smothering defensive forward play…”. Really? I didn’t realize top three Selke Award nominees were Stamkos, Johnson & Killorn. Keep up the informative posts Mr. Rufus.

  12. Iceman – Hawks had 21 shots on goal in game 1 and 29 in game 2. That’s a decent smothering.

    As far as TVR. Kid hasn’t played since November and the rehab games he had in the AHL, were by all accounts, awful. However if he’s only playing 5 minutes, it doesn’t really matter.

    Splitting up 19/88 makes sense to me because they can’t play worse.

  13. Iceman, not sure what games you’ve been watching, but useless award nominations or not, the Blackhawks’ top line has been smothered for the most part. Rufus has said many questionable things over the years, but that was not one of them :-)

  14. To me, it doesn’t matter if the Bolts go up 3-1 in games. You have to WIN 4 GAMES to hoist the cup. Go ask Anaheim.

  15. Figure Bicks gotta produce at some point, now is the time to finally contribute in a big way. Hope he does more than just level a few Lightning.
    Same goes for Sharpie, he’ll be extra motivated after taking these two consecutive dumb minors. Time to shine.
    Finally, really excited about TVR back in the lineup, like this kid a lot. There is a lot of pressure on him considering what’s at stake here but hey, he also faced a lot of pressure dressing as a Hawks d-man in October. He’s cool as a cucumber and I don’t see why that should change. Let’s go Hawks!

  16. All I’m saying is Tampa forwards aren’t second coming of New Jersey defensive oriented teams from early 2000’s. The Hawks lack of consistent pressure more a byproduct of letdown after last series. They’ve shown flashes of (inconsistent) pressure both games. Not what we’re used to, but no one can say with a straight face Tampa forwards are defensive stalwarts. Mr. Rufus has been generally wrong about most matters before and during playoffs, so let’s hope that remains consistent. We’ll see.

  17. Yes will back RTF-and agree about the forwards doing a good job clogging up/messing up the flow-
    as long as Q doesn’t mess with 86 and 80 I’m good-
    Hopefully 29 will be hungry to help out

  18. The Bolts have totally and completely shut down the top 2 lines thru 2 games. The Hawks have not had an answer … yet … for Tampa’s collapsing and speed. The Bolts close and smother better than any team I have seen all year. They have been on top of the Hawk forwards with the puck in an instant.

    Key to this game and this series is very simple. Crawford had to be outstanding. He just does. Especially with 4 defensemen at our disposal.

  19. Apparently Bickell has been fighting Vertigo due to getting his “bell rung” which again highlights the abhorrent concussion treatment Hawks players get. Talk about an organization living in the dark ages. Kind of nuts how they can get guys back from bone breaks weeks early but can’t properly diagnose and treat brain trauma.

    Unacceptable for an organization that lauds itself modern.

    Anyhoo, should be another interesting game.

  20. They also rebuild Havlat’s and Hossa’s shoulders sooooooo at least surgeon wise they have someone who knows how to slice and dice or refer to the correct resource. How they don’t seem to have a neurosurgeon is incredible.

    This bothers me if you can’t tell. Same idiot group that called Bolland (allegedly) a coward when he was going through his issues and had similar words for Morin apparently.

  21. AJ agree. Bickell had vertigo and it’s gone that fast, ok sure; and next game Olczyk misses announcing Mr. Rufus will sit in w/ Emrick and provide color analysis.

  22. I still think Sharp and Vermette shoudl be split up and put Bick on that like with TNT and Vermette. Sharp with Richards would be productive line too. Sharp is having to chase the puck a lot on the line currently. Vermette has really picked up his game, he is a lot more aggressive and getting to the puck quicker, he is very paranoid on getting back on defense and back checking to a “fault.” IMO

    Hawks depend sooo much on our d-men to provide offense is almost is a “Wash” with Vita-Mixing” of lines. It really is who on our d-end will step up and fill the gap and drop down and be effective.

  23. Bick has / had a concussion . . . I don’t think he will play tonight. It was painfully obvious he had more than his bell rung. Hawks need BICK big time right now, Bolts got wayyyyy to much time to look around and drift of defense and exit the zone only our 4th line is making it difficult.

    hawks still win big tonight1

  24. Watch those post game and pre game press conferences, three times a reporter called Q on the condition of Bick. Sort of saying and asking Q, are you lying? are you telling us the truth . . . so YES it i sad these head injuries happen a lot, and these kids are so tuff they won’t say anything in fear of being out of the line up.

    Marcus certainly is playing a little slow now too, he has to have a issue . . . not upper body but head. Tuff god damn game . .. . for fans benefit!

  25. Lots of non regulars at the UC right now. Guy who typically sits next to us sold his seats for $1,600. Not sure if that was what he got for the pair or per. Has somebody offering $2,000 for game 6 tickets.

  26. Bickell with Vertigo. Does that mean he is seeing double? Maybe if he sees two pucks instead of one he will hold on to one of them if he has two to chose from. His Corsi number should go way up.

  27. Negativity abounds. Sign of a champion: lower two lines carrying team during a lull. Team is consistantly inconsistant, but they compete and usually win in the modern era. Here’s to three in six.

  28. I hope Bickell doesn’t have vertigo. I remember in the 80s it ended the career of baseball player Nick Esasky. He put up some big numbers.

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