Quenneville shaking team up in playoffs

May, 4, 2014
May 4
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Powers By Scott Powers
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has proved time and again he's willing to do whatever he believes gives his team the best chance to win in the playoffs.

Here are some decisions Quenneville has made that have impacted the Blackhawks during the playoffs this season:

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesHawks coach Joel Quenneville is proving again he's not afraid to tinker with the team's lineup from moment to moment.
* Elevated Bryan Bickell to the top line. After playing him much of the season on the third line, Quenneville has shown trust in Bickell to be a different player in the playoffs again. Bickell has rewarded that decision with five goals in eight playoff games.

* Gave Ben Smith a larger role. Quenneville moved Smith from fourth-line right wing to second-line center against the St. Louis Blues during Game 4 of the first-round series. Smith has remained there since then.

* Moved Michal Handzus from second-line center to fourth-line center and made his main responsibility the penalty kill. Handzus has played 75:55 of even-strength ice time and 34:51 of short-handed ice time in the playoffs.

* Transformed the Blackhawks into a three-line team at times. He often went away from playing the fourth line consistently during games against the Blues. Its minutes have increased against the Minnesota Wild in the second round.

* Put Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane back together when he felt the Blackhawks needed more offense and then took them apart when he felt it was time to try something different. He has gone with lines of Bickell-Toews-Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp-Smith-Kane over the past four games.

* Began the playoffs with forward Kris Versteeg on the top line and has demoted him throughout the playoffs. Versteeg was a healthy scratch in Game 6 against the Blues. He was on the fourth line and played 8:56 against the Wild in Game 2 Sunday.

* Benched defenseman Nick Leddy during the third period Sunday. Leddy played a total of 46 seconds in the third period. He played three shifts in the period and didn't play the final 12:02 of the game.

* Made forward Brandon Bollig a healthy scratch against the Wild on Sunday. Bollig had appeared in all 82 regular-season games and the first seven playoff games.

* Inserted rookies Joakim Nordstrom and Jeremy Morin into the lineup. Nordstrom has played three playoff games and Morin has played in one this season.

* Took apart the fourth line of Bollig-Marcus Kruger-Smith after having it together for most of the season. Quenneville put Kruger as the third-line center and moved Andrew Shaw from center to right wing on the third line.
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
78 34 44 13
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26