Looks like big changes for Blackhawks Game 4 lineup

While Joel Quenneville hasn’t confirmed these lines, look for some significant changes in the Hawks lineup Thursday night in Nashville.  The following lines were used Wednesday at the Hawks afternoon skate;

Bryan Bickell – Jonathan Toews – Patrick Kane
Tomas Kopecky – Patrick Sharp – Marian Hossa
Andrew Ladd
– Dave Bolland – Kris Versteeg
Adam Burish – John Madden – Troy Brouwer


If these are, in fact, the lines used tomorrow night, that means that
Colin Fraser and Ben Eager will sit.  Great.  That doesn’t bother me in
the least.  I have nothing against Fraser, who works hard every night,
but Eager has been completely invisible.  He hasn’t hit, he hasn’t
fought, he hasn’t done anything.  Peace.  Enjoy the bench.  Burish will
bring it every shift.  That’s something the Hawks have been lacking.  He just needs to keep it under control and NOT
take bad penalties.

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Expect Burish to be “Bear-ish” in his return (hahahaha…ha…ehh…sorry)


I must say I like the balance these lines provide.  Bickell and Burish have always been willing to play the physical game, and will relish the opportunity to get back in the lineup and stick.

Now for some speculation.  When questioned whether or not Brian Campbell has been ruled out, Quenneville said, “I’m not saying anything on that.” 

I’m not saying Campbell will play, but that’s an interesting comment.  I wouldn’t be shocked to see #51 back in the lineup by Saturday…if not sooner.   

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  • The players aren't the only one's at fault here. The coaches are not preparing or adjusting to the changes in situations. It's not rocket science. But mixing the lines only adds to the player's confusion. Attack the Preds. Dump, chase, and crash the net. And never let the puck leave the offensive zone.

  • As much as I think Q's shuffling of the lines is starting to take its toll, if he is changing them for game 4, I would say take out Bolland and replace him with Fraser. Bolland has proved to be a liability in the post season, with turnovers and dumb penalties, despite his goal in Game 2. As many have pointed out, that pretty much sums up his performance after returning from back surgery. I agree with you that Colin Fraser works his ass off every game, and he has proven that he can produce. While his production came in the last few games of the season, it was absolutely necessary to relieve the team from being a bunch of headcases. I don't remember having said "godamnit fraser!" in a long while, if at all, but I have said "godamnit bolland!" plenty. Bench him.

    That being said, I think the lines are the least of the Hawks problems. They need to get over themselves and start playing like the want it. They need to finally accept the fact that this series is not going to be a cake-walk, regardless of what Sports Illustrated or Barry Melrose said. We went in with no respect for the Preds and this is the inevitable result. Disappointing.

  • lizhawkfan15...you clearly do not know hockey. Fraser is a plug. he got lucky the last few games of the season. he has no hands, and is getting his dinner served to him on many shifts, along with eager, who are supposed to be doing the opposite. Bolland is a work horse, as he proved last post season. If your going to go far, bolland needs to be in the lineup. The lines are a big part to, furthering my opinion you know nothing about hockey. Mixing lines and finding a certain chemistry is essential. if a line isnt producing, you mix it up. So thank you for giving us two paragraphs of useless material. On the brighter side, it looks like Adam Burish will be back in the line up tonight. He is the spark the team needs. If the hawks are going to win and go far, burish will be a factor, maybe not on the score sheet, but a definite factor on the ice, bench, and locker room. He chirps the opposing team, and is vital to bringing energy.

  • In reply to hockeyfan:

    sorry for comming off a little harsh to you lizfan, but i am very passionate about hockey. I admire your desire for the hawks. lets agree on hoping the hawks pull it out tonight

  • In reply to hockeyfan:

    tsn insider: yes you did come off harsh and you clearly do not know anyting about my knowledge about hockey. While I'll be the first to admit that I have never played the game and therefore my judgment has been a bit lacking at times, I have been around the game my entire life, my first game being when I was six weeks old. I went to all of my dad's hockey games, where he played and coached, and even went to 5am practices to watch. My dad played hockey since he was five and went to college on a full ride hockey scholarship and has taught me everything he knows. He coached tons of teams for almost 20 years and (at least at one point) had the most state championships out of any coach in the state of Illinois. So before you go off about how I know nothing about hockey, you might want to phrase your comment in the context of a disagreement rather a condescending response.

    I still don't agree about line-shufflng. Q has been trying it for what seems like forever post-Olympics and it has not resulted in anything positive. The team clearly has no sense of cohesion, they are missing passes and are not in position, as pointed out by Hossa in a recent interview.

    And Bolland...I'm sorry, but almost every single fan I have talked to has said to take him off the ice because he's a liability. Just last game, I believe it was on a penalty kill, he had the puck in the offensive zone and instead of putting it in deep to take some time off the clock, he tried to set something up at the blue line, resulting in a breakaway that was thankfully stopped by Niemi, but which resulted in a penalty shot (I may have my facts mixed up, but Bolland for sure turned it over at the blue line, causing everyone around me, including myself, to say "get him off the ice").

    So, before you go off about how I know nothing about hockey, you may want to just say you disagree with me instead of trying (key word: TRYING) to make me look like an unknowledgeable fool.

  • In reply to lizhawksfan15:

    well with your hockey knowledge, what would you do to spark the hawks? also, many fans tend to say take someone off the ice when they screw up because they dont know the game. what bolland did is fine, it goes agiant every rule in hockey when on the pk, but when your team is slumping and you need a spark, you have to take chances. we were the 3rd highest scoring team in the league, and in the 3 games we have so few goals. need to take chances.

  • In reply to hockeyfan:

    Sure, agreed you need to take chances, but be smart about it. His turnover resulted in a full-out breakaway. Don't fiddle with it at the blue line, especially when you're behind. Get it in deep to take off time from the power play. So what if the Hawks had one of the best penalty kills in the league? Just because you need to take chances in the playoffs doesn't mean you should act reckless.

    In regards to spark, I have no idea at this point. At first, I thought that the line shuffling was a great idea to get the boys back on their toes. Now I'm hoping that Burish injects a little something, but I am anxious about putting all my hope unto one person. Maybe they'll finally snap out of it and realize where they are. Maybe Toews will pipe up instead of being the quiet serious captain and demand that his teammates start producing and stop playing like they don't care. Regardless, I think that the line shuffling has gotten out of hand and now is more of a crutch.

  • In reply to lizhawksfan15:

    And regarding taking Bolland off the ice...it is not just me who says this, and the people I speak with know the game. And honestly, you have to admit that Bolland has not produced since he came back from surgery, besides the goal in Game 2. He may have been great last year, but that means nothing now. Once he starts to produce and stops making boneheaded plays and getting dumb penalties I'll change my mind.

  • In reply to lizhawksfan15:

    Lizfan, you may be a hockey fan, but your comments make it clear you're not a Hawks fan. Maybe you should change your ID to "lizwingsfan15", or maybe just use "One Team".

  • In reply to Hawkyeverynite:

    So I'm not a Hawks fan because I criticized Bolland and Q's line shuffling? That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. You can be a HUGE fan and still admit it when you're team is not playing well and expect that they play up to their potential. I'm not going to get back into this issue because it's really not relevant now, but being a fan is not about blindly saying they are doing great when they're not. That's like a coach telling a kid "Great job!!" when they get stripped at the blue line because of a bonehead play. I love this team more than you seem to think, but I got pissed because I sensed they weren't giving the Preds any respect and it was showing.

    But anyway, as I said that's over and done with now. They had an unbelievable victory last night and I'm hoping it turns into some momentum for Game 6.

  • In reply to lizhawksfan15:

    Every comment you make is more proof you follow the team to a certain extent, but are not a real Blackhawks fan.

  • In reply to Hawkyeverynite:

    Oh plese. I comment on other articles and blogs and have come to the Hawks defense almost all the time. That was the first time I ever voiced my frustration with the team, and even you have to admit it was warranted. Read anywhere else, there was a general consensus that at that point in the series the Hawks were playing like they didn't care, and that not only pissed me off, but pissed off a lot of other people. You should call a team out when they stop playing with pride. I am not even the only person who commented on this blog who criticized them for that game. From what I read from your comments, you seem to be the type that just ignores it when a team doesn't play up to their potential. We all know the talent and ability this team has, and when they play like crap, you call a spade a spade and say so. Sorry if my acceptance of reality bursts your oblivious bubble. You clearly do not understand hockey if you thought they played great or didn't deserve flack for how they played.

    That being said, they have improved since. Thursday they played solid (if you would have read further down you would have seen I said that) and last game was unbelievable. I was there and I felt the excitement and intensity. It was insane. I'm hoping that this carries over into the next series. Is that positive enough for you?

  • In reply to lizhawksfan15:

    And one more thing...all you have done is accuse me of not being a "real fan." You did not address any of my arguments, which shows that you just got pissed because I criticized them.

  • In reply to lizhawksfan15:

    Wings fan. Why don't you just use your other identity when you write? One Team...

  • In reply to Hawkyeverynite:

    Oh brother haha, this is going no where. You have nothing to say, so you resort to calling me a Wings fan. I'm not going to dignify your comments with anymore responses. You sound like a bandwagoner.

  • In reply to lizhawksfan15:

    You're not going to answer anymore because you know I'm right. I notice you haven't actually refuted being a Wings fan in all this. And if you do now, it's just more fakery. It's so obvious who you are, but yet you think you're being really sly. Now that's entertaining.

  • In reply to Hawkyeverynite:

    Don't know why I can't resist responding to you. My lack of denying your baseless allegations that I am a Wings fan (which I am not...oh, but I forget, my silence AND my expressed negation are indicative of my "fakery"...way to frame the argument, you got me) is because of just that: they are baseless and childish and don't deserve an educated response. I really don't know what to take from your responses other than the fact that maybe you're jealous that I know more about hockey than you do and most likely have been following the team longer than you have. If you're a guy, mabye you're intimidated that a girl knows more than you. If you're a girl, maybe your intimidated by the fact that another girl knows more than you do so you're not the token "chick fan." Either way, I don't know why I keep responding to you. It sort of makes me look just as idiotic and you clearly are. This has gone from being an educated disagreement to unproductive name calling. THIS will officially be my last response to you. Good luck figuring out the game, my friend.

  • In reply to lizhawksfan15:

    THAT response was officially 100% proof that you and "One Team" are the same person -- and in other words, you're a Wings fan posing as a die-hard Hawks fan on a Hawks blog. Hahahahahahahaha! Get a life!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to Hawkyeverynite:

    So I clicked on your Hawkseverynite Avatar to see the archive of your previous posts-because I dont recall ever hearing from you before or seeing any of your former comments. (I usually just go back and forth with Borg and nklhd12 and occasionally one or two others) And then I find this string.... Haha! Wow, you are a TOTAL PSYCHO!!! This poor girl (and Hawks fan) has had to put up with your BS all the while pulling for the same team as you!! Hahaha!!!!That is freakin hilarious! (Ok, maybe not for you LizHawk, but to me it is very funny!)

    You accuse me of being an ass to contributors on this blog and in the meantime, you have spent all of this time hell bent on some paranoid angle that my blog and Lizhawk are one and the same. That is awesome! If I wanted to be really cruel, I would say "YES! Yes were are. We are the same person." But after reading Lizhawks comments (which are about hockey BTW-whereas you offer NOTHING related) and observing the shitty treatment she has received on this site BY YOU AND YOU ALONE, Ill spare her anymore indignities. Dont take this the wrong way Lizhawk, but its not the first time I felt bad for a Hawk fan! Haha! (J/K)
    Hawkseverynite, you need to move out of your mothers basement immediately and stop killing drifters just so that you can achieve an erection. You are one seriously scary and crazy mother f&*ker. You are like the creepy van with no windows parked outside of a middle school. Can we call the blog police?

  • In reply to matto:

    I "rest my case" on my earlier comment about getting an onslaught of cheap insults from you. You always deliver.

  • In reply to Hawkyeverynite:

    Ahhh... likewise.

    I have never had any previous back-n-forth with you before you decided to call ME out.

    Dont get it twisted.

  • In reply to Hawkyeverynite:

    quenville replaces burish on the 4th line with buf. he is an idiot, and said the move was made to get a tougher line up. burish is the toughest guy on the team. i agree buf needs to play forward, and the 4th line is fine. but do not take out burish. how about taking out brower who has done nothing, ladd who is nothing without havlat next to him, or bickel who is very overated

  • In reply to hockeyfan:

    Troy Brouwer was pointless in the opening round and was minus-4.

  • In reply to hockeyfan:

    And about Fraser, he works the hardest of anyone I have seen on the team. He gets his butt kicked when he starts fights, but in regards to play, he has come up big. Did you even watch the last five games of the season? He and his line were what saved us from falling further into the abyss.

    However, I agree about Burish and hope they come out of this. My agreement stops there.

  • In reply to lizhawksfan15:

    i mentioned that fraser got lucky his last few games with some geno's. however, the only reason he got playing time consistently is because burish was hurt. Yet again, fraser may try, but he is a plug. also, where has fraser come up big in the playoffs? i recall in game 2, whenever our 4th line was out there, Nashville was always in our zone. Ben Eager and Fraser have been invisible, and they should both sit tonight, while burish and bickell play

  • In reply to hockeyfan:

    Agreed that the fourth line hasn't produced as much as they did towards the end of the season. However, I think that Fraser is less of a liability than Bolland. Fraser may be a "plug" as you say, but at least he's produced recently. Bolland hasn't done much. And agreed that Benny should sit a game, he hasn't been great either. I'm a bit nervous about Bickell though...have to see how it goes tonight.

  • In reply to lizhawksfan15:

    well bickel cant be much worse than whats been going on latelly, so hopefully we can pick it up and get the win in their barn tonight. go hawks

  • In reply to hockeyfan:

    Thought I'd jump back into your guy's conversation since you're getting along a little better now.

    We're all a little on edge from Tuesday's Hawks no-show.

    Burish alone will just plain look silly. I don't know which guy I'd replace, Bolland or Brouwer. If Bolland didn't connect on that backhand it would be a toss up. I'm a Fras fan but his role doesn't work on the Preds.

    It's a team game so everyone needs to do the same job (role) they always do, when they win, and ramp it up into playoff gear.

    And if Buff is on defense we're doomed. I'm not a Buff fan in the least but we need him to crash, screen, and slam the rebounds into the back of the net.

  • In reply to hockeyfan:

    To put it concisely about game 3, the Hawks were: outcoached, outplayed, outshot, outhit and, most importantly, outscored.

  • In reply to genecam:

    Especially out hit. It starts there and the rest falls either into place or out of place. But we agree on all counts. If they don't play with desperation tonight it's as good as a great season wasted. And it has absolutely nothing to do with the goalie choice. Niemi can do the job as long as the team does their job.

  • In reply to genecam:

    solid win, its about time sharp woke up. cheers to a hawks win guys and gals

  • In reply to genecam:

    Agreed, FINALLY. I stand corrected on my stance on line shuffling, but haven't been convinced otherwise with Bolland. But generally, they played solid last night. Sopel's becoming our best defensemen, which is something I never thought I'd say.

  • In reply to lizhawksfan15:

    You're not alone with questioning Bolland. Maybe Duncs worse game ever! Good thing it didn't hurt the team last night.

  • In reply to JerryManderings:

    The 30+ minutes he's been playing are starting to take a toll on him, though ultimately there are no excuses for poor performance. Now that Soup's back hopefully he'll get a bit more rest and will start playing up to his potential.

  • In reply to hockeyfan:

    . . . and I forgot to add. . .outsmarted

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