Chicago Blackhawks: Will Quenneville Continue to Swap His Defensive Lines?

November 18th, 2010 by Jon Fromi Leave a reply »
It is common knowledge that Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has been shuffling his offensive lines in an attempt to change the club's recent struggles.

However, it's the changes on the defensive side that seem to be making a big difference.

Quenneville has broken up his top two blue line pairings recently, matching Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith with Brian Campbell.  Nikolas Hjalmarsson and Brent Seabrook, Campbell and Keith's respective line mates, make up the second defensive line.

Quennville has also shown no qualms about breaking up the third line.  Both Nick Boynton and Jassen Cullimore skated with the top four defensemen Wednesday night versus the Oilers.  Seabrook has also replaced Keith on the top power play squad.

The results seem to be a case of so far, so good.

Ever since his "benching" in the Phoenix game last week, Keith seems to be playing a better brand of hockey.  Keith has said that it has been difficult bringing the intensity so far this season after so many big playoff games last spring. 

On one hand, I hate to hear a professional admit to finding it hard ...

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