Blackhawks Lineup Shake-Up Continues

As the Blackhawks continue looking for answers to their slide, the roster shuffling continues. At least this time it’s a player getting healthy that’s forcing the issue.

According to coach Joel Quenneville, Dave Bolland will return to the lineup on Saturday. With that information in hand, this appears to be the lines:

  • Viktor Stalberg – Jonathan Toews – Patrick Sharp
  • Patrick Kane – Dave Bolland – Marian Hossa
  • Bryan Bickell – Fernando Pisani – Jack Skille
  • Tomas Kopecky – Jake Dowell – Troy Brouwer

The “Kane At Left Wing Experiment” has been tried and failed before, and it only lasted two periods on Wednesday. We’ll see how long these lines stick on Saturday. In addition to these moves up front,  the changes made to the blue line appear to be sticking around as well.  This isn’t to say that there is one “top” pair; the ice time seemed to indicate that Quenneville was comfortable splitting ice time evenly across the board (when he wasn’t keeping Duncan Keith on the bench because of poor play). Keeping these pairs as-is means Keith and Brent Seabrook will stay separated.

The defensive pairs for Saturday will remain:

  • Brent Seabrook – Niklas Hjalmarsson
  • Brian Campbell – Jassen Cullimore
  • Duncan Keith – Nick Boynton

On Wednesday night, Marty Turco got the start and allowed two goals on 20-something shots, which was the master plan when the veteran goaltender was signed as a free agent this summer. But when the offense disappears after scoring one goal, anything short of a shutout is becoming a loss.

The encouraging part of this set-up, which was initially rolled out during practice on Tuesday, is that John Scott and Jordan Hendry were skating together as the fourth defensive pair… meaning they won’t be active. We hope the Hawks keep those two off the ice.

3 thoughts on “Blackhawks Lineup Shake-Up Continues

  1. Agreed on john scott… but I like Hendry. I remember when the 11 game plan in the 300 level was available and #2 and #7 made the same bad decisions.

    Granted, they didn’t have the same team around them but I think ice time will help Jordan’s development. Cullimore has played well since his return but let the kid learn with the big boys in game situations.

  2. I agree on Scott, he sucks & is no Buff, Eager or Burish. Hendry I also agree with the comment that he can be good only if he continues to skate & gain that experience. He was good last year & played a lot. Team misses the comraderie of their traded Cup friends & they are not there anymore. It is a huge change. They can’t hang out & joke like last year. It can affect u mentally whether they admit it or not. Hope the road circus trip will help because they eventually will run out of time and be at the bottom of the standings for any playoff run. Go Hawks & defend your Cup.

  3. And how much of the current struggle is the coaching staff still finding match ups they like with the new personnel… still a bit like Dr. Scholls? Gellin’!

    I would like to see more physical play (Kyle Beach anyone?). No more lulls of intensity in the second and third periods… 60 minutes eh?

    Everyone bemoans the circus trip… could be the best thing right now. Straighten the course. Or could be really miserable… we’ll see!

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