Winger Daniel Carcillo had plenty of good things going on a line with Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa, but then as he put it his play "just dipped a little bit."
It resulted in him dropping to the fourth line and then out of the lineup. But after being a healthy scratch for the first time this season against the Kings on Saturday, Carcillo will be in against the Coyotes at the United Center on Tuesday.
"I haven't been playing as well as I've liked to," Carcillo said. "Sitting out last game, obviously I wasn't very happy about it. I want to get back at it with a strong match."
And he gets a chance to do it with Kane and Hossa. Carcillo had a strong start to the season, but in his last five games he's been held off the scoresheet and his ice time significantly dropped.
The toughest thing for Carcillo has been being the tough-as-nails player the Hawks signed and also one who is expected to chip in with two stars. For the most part, he's been able to stay out of penalty trouble despite being one of the more scrutinized players in the league for his actions.
"I don't measure his game by offensive production. His line generates some offense," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We want that line to be intense and have some offensive zone time. He brings that type of intensity.
"He got off to a great start in his game and brings that element to our team game which is noticeable when it's there. But we don't expect him being the only guy that's bringing that physicality."
Will sitting out motivate Carcillo?
"For sure," Carcillo said. "I think it motivates anybody. You always want to be playing. You always want to be battling with the guys. It was a huge win [in Los Angeles] and a good way to end the road trip, but [Tuesday night] will be good."