Should Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane Play on the Same Line in 2013-14?

September 10th, 2013 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »

The turning point for the Chicago Blackhawks in last year's Stanley Cup Final came when head coach Joel Quenneville finally reunited superstars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews on the top line for Game 4 with his team trailing 2-1 in the series.

"I like that line. Big picture getting reunited, they seem to have some chemistry," said Quenneville when describing Kane and Toews leading Chicago to a crucial Game 4 victory over the Boston Bruins.

"It's a nice combination."

As the Blackhawks prepare to defend their Stanley Cup title, a mission that hasn't been successfully completed by any team since 1997-98, figuring out which lines will develop the best chemistry is one of the priorities for Quenneville and his staff this preseason.

But in regard to the first line, the decision should be quite simple.

Toews and Kane must play together for the entire season, and unless injuries hurt the team's forward depth, there's no reason to ever break them up.

They are the most difficult duo in the league to stop, as evidenced in the Cup Final, when Boston's shutdown pairing of Dennis Seidenberg and the l ...

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