Peter Regin should play despite missing morning skate and the Chicago Blackhawks will mix their lines up some when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center tonight.
Andrew Shaw joined Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews on the top line while Patrick Sharp, Michal Handzus and Patrick Kane combine on the second line. The third and fourth lines remain how they were to start Tuesday’s game against Colorado.
The Blackhawks have eight goals in their last four games, but five of those came against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. Coach Joel Quenneville is looking for more.
“Offense has been light across the board,” he said. “We had some major stretches where the pucks were going in for us and now they’re not at the same rate. It’s a good time (to change things). The one consistent line has been (Marcus) Kruger’s. Offensively, we should be getting a little more involved.”
For Shaw, it’s a nice opportunity. He’s only played with Toews once, he said in his NHL debut, but doesn’t want to change what he’s doing regardless of line.
“I can’t (change). I have to keep working, keep competing,” he said. “I’m playing with two good players, so I just have to get them the puck. I just have to work and get back to my gritty self, go to the net and create chances for those guys.”
Corey Crawford starts for the Blackhawks while Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to do the same for the Blue Jackets.