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Blackhawks opt for big changes after bad loss

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It should come as no surprise that the Blackhawks' lines and defensive pairings were different Monday at practice. Their loss to the Canucks on Sunday was an ugly one, and some players were already struggling before that.

"Whether it was coming or not, [the loss against the rival Canucks] was a game that gets your attention in a lot of ways," coach Joel Quenneville said after practice. "When you look at things, you don't mind making changes on a merit basis. Guys will get different opportunities and a get chance to enhance their opportunity going forward."

Some of the changes include possibly getting defenseman Duncan Keith (finger/hand injury) back in the lineup after three games, dropping Andrew Brunette down from the first line and getting Rostislav Olesz some playing time after he was scratched 12 games.

Here's a look at the new lines and defensive pairings from practice Monday:

First: Patrick Sharp -- Jonathan Toews -- Michael Frolik

Second: Daniel Carcillo -- Patrick Kane -- Marian Hossa

Third: Andrew Brunette -- Dave Bolland -- Rostislav Olesz

Fourth: Viktor Stalberg -- Marcus Kruger -- Jamal Mayers

First pairing: Duncan Keith -- Brent Seabrook

Second pairing: Nick Leddy -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Third pairing: Sami Lepisto -- Sean O'Donnell

There also were changes made to the first and second power-play units. The Hawks went 0-for-5 with the advantage against the Canucks. They have only scored five power-play goals in 14 games, bad enough for the 28th-ranked power play in the league.

Here are the new power-play units:

Brent Seabrook, Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews, Andrew Brunette, Viktor Stalberg

Second: Duncan Keith or Nick Leddy, Dave Bolland, Patrick Kane, Daniel Carcillo, Marian Hossa

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Dont know what the problem is... perhaps coaching. Lepisto and Leddy have been the most consistent D out there. Lepisto has been all over the ice since coming back from the bench. Leddy has also been really good.. Yes hes made some mistakes... but hes showing good ice vision and can carry it out of the zone and is a force jumping in on the play. Seabrook!?!? Dont know WTH is wrong...but he needs to step up quick. Maybe Keith is that important.. The team has been slumping since hes been gone. Kane needs to go back to wing. Not because hes not doing well at C.. in fact hes been really good at C.. but Toews is in a major slump and needs the jump start. Let Sharp C the 2nd line and put Kane back with Toews. Bottom line here is that there is way too much talent on this team for it to go into the tank. Yes it was one bad loss... but a bad loss coming off several poor games where they were very lucky to get points. If this team crashes and loses several in a row, maybe its time to look at replacing Q. This team has issues with vanishing... Little to no emotion... Heck, Q had a helluva time replacing Huet with Niemi and that was a no brainer.. The team needs a D first/counter-punch mentality. They should be ashamed of how they played.. Outside of the Sedin sisters... I cant stand Elaine Veen-yo... Lets go boys... turn it around..

Wow...ridiculous reaction to one loss...the only thing wrong with this team right now is the PP. they are getting chances...goals soon to come

Any team that has Dan Carcillo on the power play is worthy of mockery

I think putting Carcillo on the PP at this time makes a lot of sense. Any objective observer would tell you that Car Bomb's been the best of bunch that they picked up in the off season- so far at least. He has been a good compliment to Kaner and Hoss so far, so let's give him a shot on the PP. What the hell- it can't get any worse than it's been.

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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan hailing from the Far Northwest Side. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times since 2005, covering the Hawks since 2009. He's also helped cover the Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools.


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