Bryan Bickell was on one of the Blackhawks’ power-play units and Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad swapped spots on their respective lines today as they prepared for Game 4 against the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night.
The Blackhawks were tinkering with their power play throughout practice; most involved players who have been on it already this season. This is Bickell’s first go at it in some time and he knows what he has to do.
“Our power play’s been struggling as of late. But we’re just emphasizing on getting the puck to the net,” he said. “You see [power-play] goals around the league: they haven’t been tic-tac-toe. They’ve been the 'greasy' ones, as we call them. We’re just looking to get some power-play time and getting something going.”
The Blackhawks’ third and fourth lines from Game 3 remained the same today, but Sharp was on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, and Saad was on the second with Dave Bolland and Patrick Kane. Coach Joel Quenneville wouldn’t say that was what he would go with for certain in Game 4.
“We’ll see with the lines,” he said. “That’s something we’ll talk about going into the game.”