Carcillo to get shot with Hawks' top line

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Carcillo to get shot with Hawks' top line

Daniel Carcillo knew his role when he was the Blackhawks second-line left wing, and hell be trying to do that again as part of the top line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Carcillo came to Toews aid when the Blackhawks captain and St. Louis captain David Backes grabbed each other along the boards in their game on Saturday night. St. Louis loves to get physical in its games and that was evident again last weekend. Carcillo also took umbrage at Backes choice of targets.

That Backes, its one of his jobs, Carcillo said. The guys hes fought, hes a big guy and tough but he hasnt answered the bell. He goes after guys like (Corey) Perry and fights guys like Toews. I cant let that happen.

Carcillo was a healthy scratch out in Los Angeles but the message obviously got through. While he started on the fourth line out of that scratched game, hes worked his way back up to the top line. Hes there to aggravate the opponent and give his skilled linemates space. The more than continues, the more hell stay among the top two lines.

It gives them more confidence to do whatever they want to do, Carcillo said. They should have that. In the last couple of years they didnt have that.

Coach Joel Quenneville said it was worth a shot, considering Carcillo had a strong start this season with Kane and Marian Hossa.

It was a physical game; we knew itd be a tough game (in St. Louis), he said. Immediately he looked like he fit in with those guys with his physicality and play recognition. He did a good job for us.

Which current Blackhawks would Jeremy Roenick like to play with?

Which current Blackhawks would Jeremy Roenick like to play with?

Is there anyone who wouldn't want to play with Patrick Kane?

Jeremy Roenick joined In The Loop on Wednesday to discuss which current Blackhawks he would like to play with, and naturally, the reigning MVP topped his list.

"He would be my No. 1 choice," Roenick said. "There's no question about it."

But Roenick said there are two more Blackhawks he would like to lace them up with.

"I wouldn't mind playing with (Artemi) Panarin also," he said. "I would love to play with Jonathan Toews. I think I'd play well with all three of them."

Roenick also gave high praise to coach Joel Quenneville, saying he is one of the best coaches in all of sports. Roenick even compared Quenneville to "the Bill Belichick of hockey."

See what else the Roenick had to say in the video above.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Jamal Mayers discuss the bottom six carrying the Blackhawks to a come-from-behind win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.

Later, Mayers weighs in on possible targets with the NHL trade deadline just six weeks away.

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below: