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Updated: Changes in store for Hawks lineup?

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preds.jpgNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- First, let me start by saying that the Hawks -- despite their poor effort Tuesday night -- can still win the series against the Nashville Predators.

Talent and depth still count for something.

That being said, though, that talent and depth actually needs to show up and outwork their opponent. The Hawks were simply outworked, outhit, out-everythinged against the Preds in their 4-1 loss in Game 3.

As a result, I suspect there is going to be some lineup changes for Thursday's Game 4.

It's very possible that Adam Burish, the Hawks' high-energy agitator, and Bryan Bickell, a physical, bang-away forward, will be inserted into the lineup simply because energy and a physical presence were lacking from the Hawks in Game 3.

Coach Joel Quenneviile didn't commit to either player playing in Game 4 Wednesday after practice.

"We'll see; we're not making any announcements today," Quenneville said. "We'll look at some options."

Quenneville has always liked Bickell's size.

"I think you can get some energy off of him as well," he said.

The Hawks also need their best players to produce. So far only Patrick Kane has this series. Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp have not scored. Toews has had a handful of good chances turned away by Preds goalie Pekka Rinne.

"Guys like myself are going to have to pick it up in order to win some games," Toews said. "Again, it's frustrating when you have chances and you don't see them go in. You don't make excuses; you keep working and get more chances."

It's also become obvious to me that the Hawks miss Brian Campbell's offensive flare and puck-moving abilities. Dustin Byfuglien and others have done an admirable job filling in for the injured defenseman. But Byfuglien belongs back in front of the net.

The problem is, after talking to Campbell Tuesday, I'm under the impression that he is still a week or more away from returning.

Quenneville, though, didn't rule out Campbell after practice on Wednesday. Campbell was one of the last players off the ice.

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The Hawks are toast.Bad netminding destroys teams in the playoffs.This llineup is going to be broken up after the series anyway,due to cap issues.I was a very good goalie in the 1970s for The Long Island Ducks,and could have played in NHL.
Preds in 5.

Cup FInal-Devils over Preds in 7.Game 7 will be 0-0 and won in the 7th OT by Ilya Kovalchuk.
Next season,Hawks will disband,and be replaced by Chicago Wolves.
You play a beer commercial tune when your team scores a goal.
Chicago,you are a JOKE!

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