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Blackhawks progressing on to-do list

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The Chicago Blackhawks and their general manager, Stan Bowman, have already accomplished a lot in the NHL offseason. Here's a look at what they have done and what they still need to do:

What's done

1. Obtaining a second-line center: The Blackhawks couldn't have taken care of this any better. Considering their cap restraints and Teuvo Teravainen waiting in the wings, the Blackhawks found the perfect solution to their problem in Brad Richards. He's a skilled veteran center who wasn't concerned about money or the length of his contract and is focused solely on winning a Stanley Cup.

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2. Re-signing key restricted free agents: The Blackhawks re-signed Jeremy Morin, Antti Raanta and Ben Smith to two-year contracts, and they did so cheaply. Their three contracts combine for a $3.05 million cap hit per season. Considering the upside of all three players, that's a steal for the Blackhawks. If given a consistent chance in the lineup, Morin could be a 20-plus goal scorer. Smith displayed his versatility and consistency last season. He could also be the answer to replace Michal Handzus on the penalty kill. Raanta had some ups and downs in his first NHL season, but he should be more comfortable and consistent in the net in Year 2.

3. Fine-tune their roster: The Blackhawks re-signed Peter Regin, which should give them additional forward depth. They traded Brandon Bollig, which allowed them to clear some cap space. They also decided not to re-sign Handzus. They reportedly still haven't closed the door on Sheldon Brookbank.

4. Add an NHL-ready goaltender to the AHL: The Blackhawks accomplished that by signing Scott Darling to a one-year deal Tuesday. Darling was 13-6-2 with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage for the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL last season. He ranked second in the league with six shutouts. The Rockford IceHogs didn't have a goaltender who recorded a shutout last season. Darling will also give prospects Kent Simpson and Mac Carruth another year to develop.

5. Focus on the distant future in the draft: The Blackhawks weren't looking for any immediate impact players in the draft. Their first-round pick, Nick Schmaltz, may have the talent to leave college after a few years, but he's still a ways away from the NHL. They also drafted six other players who will either begin college in 2014 or 2015. Their other two draft picks are from Europe and will be given time to develop.

What still needs to be done

1. Re-sign Kane and Toews: Bowman fully expects to re-sign Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in the near future, and there's no reason to doubt him at this point. It could still happen as early as the next few days.

2. Shed more salary: The Blackhawks are currently $2,216,795 over the cap, according to capgeek.com. The Blackhawks can be 10 percent over the cap during the offseason. Bowman said they had some ideas how they could get under the cap, but he wouldn't disclose them Tuesday. Expect one or two more players to be traded for draft picks and/or prospects.

3. Continue to attempt to sign Kevin Hayes: The Blackhawks have until Aug. 15 to sign Hayes, their 2010 first-round pick. He's been eligible to sign since his college season ended in April. At this point, it's unlikely he'll sign. He wants to have the opportunity to play in the NHL immediately, and that's not possible with the Blackhawks now. They're too deep in the NHL, and there are a few AHL players who they could argue deserve more of an NHL chance than Hayes right now. If the Blackhawks don't sign him or trade his rights, they will get a compensatory second-round pick in the 2015 draft. Many believe Hayes will eventually sign with the Calgary Flames and join his former Boston College teammates Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold.

Blackhawks, free agent Regin still talking

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Peter Regin will officially become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, but he and the Chicago Blackhawks still haven't ruled out a return to the team next season, according to Regin's agent.

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"Still talking with Chicago," Regin's agent Craig Oster of Newport Sports Management wrote in an email Tuesday. "They have many moving pieces and all are related because of the cap."

The 28-year-old Regin could provide Blackhawks depth at center and wing as he did last season. He didn't play consistently for the Blackhawks after arriving from the New York Islanders in a trade in February, but he had positive performances when he was in the lineup. He had a Corsi (shot differential) of better than 50 percent in 11-of-17 regular-season games. He finished with two goals, two assists and was a plus-5 in 17 regular-season games and had zero points and was a minus-1 in five playoff games for the Blackhawks.

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Friday re-signing Regin and defenseman Sheldon Brookbank were still possibilities.

"We've talked about a lot of options," Bowman said. "I haven't ruled anything out at this point. We just got the exact number today. We're going to do our homework and plan out some things and make some phone calls leading into July 1. We got an idea what we want to do."

Hawks player reviews: Peter Regin

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Peter ReginJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesPeter Regin gave the Hawks some help after being acquired in a trade.

Peter Regin, forward

2013-14 cap hit: $750,000| Age: 28 | Season stats: 2 goals, 2 assists, plus-5

Season recap: The Blackhawks acquired Regin from the New York Islanders in February to add to the team’s depth. He was in and out of the Blackhawks’ lineup throughout the season. He had some positive spurts when given a chance to play.

Season highlight: Regin was given consistent playing time in early April and helped the Blackhawks to three consecutive wins from April 3-6. He was a plus-3 during that span.

Season lowlight: Regin was a healthy scratch for 14 of the Blackhawks’ 19 playoff games.

Final grade: C.

Inside the numbers: Regin had a Corsi of better than 50 percent in 11-of-17 regular-season games, according to extraskater.com.

Quotes: “It was really fun to be a part of such a good team and a winning team that I think the whole atmosphere around this organization, how the players treat everything, they expect to win every night, they expect to win the Cup every year,” Regin said after the season. “To be a part of that was really cool. Obviously I would have liked to play more at times, like every player you want to play as much as you can. At times, you probably feel that you should play more. But that’s the way it is, there are a lot of guys that want to play and somebody has to sit out. Sometimes it’s disappointing. You just try to stay positive and work your way back in there.”

What’s next: Regin is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. His agent recently said they hoped to know this week where they stood with the Blackhawks going forward.

Agent: Regin expects call from Hawks soon

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The Chicago Blackhawks have not informed forward Peter Regin yet whether they would like to negotiate a new contract, Regin's agent said on Thursday.

The Blackhawks acquired the 28-year-old Regin in a trade with the New York Islanders on Feb. 6. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

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"We had a brief discussion at the end of the season with Peter and [Blackhawks general manager] Stan [Bowman]," Regin's agent Craig Oster of Newport Sports Management said in a phone interview on Thursday. "Obviously, the Blackhawks have a lot of different things going on and a lot of different decisions to make. Peter is one of them, one of many. I think over the next week or 10 days we will learn about if and where he fits into the Blackhawks' plans going forward.

"He remains Chicago's property until July 1. They'll either sign him or he's an unrestricted free agent. From our point of view, we're comfortable where it's at."

Regin didn't play consistently for the Blackhawks and was often made a healthy scratch after arriving from the Islanders, but he had positive performances when he was in the lineup. He had a Corsi (shot differential) of better than 50 percent in 11-of-17 regular-season games. Regin, Bryan Bickell and Jeremy Morin also provided the Blackhawks with their most productive line late in the regular season.

Regin finished with two goals, two assists and was a plus-5 in 17 regular-season games and had zero points and was a minus-1 in five playoff games for the Blackhawks.

Regin said after the season he would like to re-sign with the Blackhawks. Oster said the same on Thursday, but he also believes Regin's role with the Blackhawks will have to be defined if he returns.

"Peter enjoyed the team, his teammates, the coaching, the organization," Oster said. "He said everything was top notch. I think as a player you always want to play, but he was understanding coming into the situation, coming into such a team and organization at the trade deadline and what it means earning the coach's trust and opportunity. I think he enjoyed it, and I think he was able to carve out his role as time went on.

"I think the big focus coming back Peter would want assurance and want to feel comfortable if he played in his capability and there would be a place for him. He certainly would like things to work out with Chicago subject to the assurance there's a role for him in Chicago."

Regin in, Bollig out for Hawks in Game 4

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LOS ANGELES -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig was made a healthy scratch and replaced by Peter Regin in the lineup against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday.

Bollig has one assist and a minus-4 rating in 12 playoff games this season. He had appeared in the past three games after serving a two-game suspension for an illegal hit. He was a healthy scratch for one game against the Minnesota Wild during the second round. He played in all 82 regular-season games.

Regin has zero points and a zero rating in four playoff games this season. He had played in four consecutive games before being made a healthy scratch against the Kings in Game 3. He had two goals, two assists and was a plus-5 in 17 regular-season games for the Blackhawks after being acquired from the New York Islanders in February.

The Blackhawks have lost the past two games in the series and trail the Kings 2-1.

W2W4: Blackhawks vs. Kings (Game 3)

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LOS ANGELES -- The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings face off in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals at the Staples Center on Saturday. The series is tied 1-1. Here's what to watch for:

* The Kings stole home-ice advantage away from the Blackhawks by rallying from a 2-0 deficit and scoring six unanswered goals in Game 2 in Chicago on Wednesday. The Kings are 3-3 in their own building in the playoffs this season.

* Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw is expected to play after missing the last seven games with a lower-body injury. He’ll likely replace Peter Regin as the third-line center.

* Kings forward Jeff Carter is coming off a hat trick and four points in Game 2. He has two career playoff hat tricks.

* The Blackhawks allowed a total of two power-play goals in each of their first two series. The Kings scored two power-play goals in Game 2. The Kings made the Blackhawks pay for consecutive penalties in the first six minutes of the third period Wednesday.

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Regin plans to be team player if benched

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LOS ANGELES -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Peter Regin handled his likely benching for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals as best he could Friday.

Regin would have preferred not to be wearing a white jersey -- the color Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has designated for forwards outside the top four lines -- during practice at Staples Center. But he understood that Andrew Shaw was returning from injury for Game 3 against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, and it meant someone had to depart the lineup.

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Mike DiNovo/USA TODAY Sports"We're all happy to see him back," Peter Regin said of fellow Hawks forward Andrew Shaw, "and somebody has to come out."
“We’re all happy to see him back, and somebody has to come out,” Regin said Friday of Shaw. “If I’m in that mix, I’ll just have to deal with it and stay positive and be ready to play if I get a chance again. That’s the only thing I can do. The worst thing you can do is to put your head down. If you don’t perform if you get a chance again, then you really screw yourself. Try to take the positives from the games and kind of focus on that and be ready if you get a chance again.”

Quenneville wouldn’t go into detail about his decision to replace Regin with Shaw as the third-line center during Friday's practice.

“We're happy to have Shawsy back,” Quenneville responded to a question about the lineup change. “He's been there mostly all year, so that's where he's at.”

Quenneville later said there were a number of different factors that go into his lineup decisions.

“As a staff we always talk about our options,” Quenneville said. “We look every day whether it's the lines, ice time, who is in the lineup. That's what we evaluate and the decisions we make.”

Regin has experienced both sides of those decisions. He was a healthy scratch for the Blackhawks’ first eight playoff games before playing in their most recent four.

Regin has tried to be a team player when he's been sat out.

“You want to play every game, but it’s the way it is if that’s the case,” said Regin, who played in 17 regular-season games for the Blackhawks after being acquired from the New York Islanders in February. “I pride myself on being a good teammate, and that’s what I’ll do. I was in this position before, so it’s not something I can’t deal with. I’ll try to be ready if I’m called upon again.”

Regin had zero points, a zero plus/minus rating and averaged 11 minutes, 42 seconds of ice time in four playoff games. He also had a 38.6 Corsi percentage (the Blackhawks had 27 shots for and 43 shots against with him on the ice in 5-on-5 situations) and was 13-of-44 on faceoffs in the past four games.

5 observations: Hawks-Wild, Game 5

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Here are five observations from the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of their second-round series:

1. The Blackhawks won partly because coach Joel Quenneville chose to put his top line together again, accessed all four lines and stopped toying with them. The line of Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa was the Blackhawks' best line most of the season. The trio was together most of the regular season and consistently produced. It wasn't until late in the season the three players were separated. They quickly clicked when placed together to start the second period in Game 5. With that line in place, Quenneville was able to distribute his other lines more efficiently. Brandon Saad-Michal Handzus-Patrick Kane, Bryan Bickell-Peter Regin-Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom-Marcus Kruger-Ben Smith made up the other lines. Each line was competent, and Quenneville distributed minutes across the four lines as he had done for much of the regular season. The Blackhawks had become more a three-line team in the playoffs.

2. What Regin contributed shouldn't really be a surprise. The only worry with Regin was whether not playing for a month would impact his game. Regin proved from early March to early April he could play with 11 games with a Corsi percentage (shot differential) of better than 50 percent during that span. There was a stretch in late March-early April where he, Jeremy Morin and Bickell were the Blackhawks' most productive line. Despite Regin's play, Quenneville opted to go with his regulars and put Regin back on the shelf. With Brandon Bollig's suspension and still not trusting Morin, Quenneville went back with Regin in Game 5 after sitting him the first 10 games of the playoffs. Regin picked up where he left with a 70 Corsi percentage and he drew a penalty which led to a power-play goal.

3. Quantity over quality helped the Blackhawks' offense get going in the second period. The Blackhawks began the second period trying to get every puck they could to the Wild's net. They certainly weren't quality shots, but they were building numbers. They had eight shots on net through the first 6:11 of the second period after having six shots on net for the entire first period. They finished with 15 shots in the period and 28 for the game. They hadn't had more than 22 shots in any of the first four games.

4. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford responded from a soft goal and a so-so Game 4. Crawford wasn't solely to blame for the Blackhawks' Game 4 loss, but there were a couple of goals he allowed that he normally doesn't. He wasn't much better early in Game 5. The Wild nearly beat him on a few shots, and he wasn't able to make a glove save on Erik Haula's initial shot, which led to a rebound goal. As the game went on, Crawford got better. He was especially impenetrable in the last five minutes of the game when the Wild were desperate and being aggressive offensively. He stopped all 14 shots he faced in the third period.

5. The Blackhawks allowed the Wild just one power play. After giving the Wild nine power plays, two of which they took advantage of with goals in Games 3 and 4, the Blackhawks were smarter about their penalties. After Brent Seabrook was called for tripping 29 seconds into the game, the Wild didn't have a power play the rest of the evening.

Peter Regin steps in, contributes for Hawks

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CHICAGO -- What Chicago Blackhawks forward Peter Regin tried to do prior to playing the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of a second-round playoff series was forget he was about to play in Game 5 of a second-round playoff series.

Regin was inserted into the Blackhawks’ lineup for Game 5 against the Wild on Sunday after being a healthy scratch for the team’s first 10 playoff games.

The pressure could have been a lot to handle, so Regin first attacked the challenge from a mental standpoint.

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesFor having not played since April 12, forward Peter Regin made an immediate impact for the Blackhawks in their Game 5 win Sunday.
“I tried not to focus too much on the importance of the game,” Regin said. “I think that could maybe set me off a little bit. I just tried to focus on what I had to do on the ice and trust my game.”

That he did.

Regin showed no signs of having not played since April 12 and was an instant factor for the Blackhawks on Sunday. His biggest contribution came when he drove to the net in the second period and forced Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin to hook him from behind to break up a point-blank scoring attempt. The Blackhawks capitalized on the power play for their first goal of the game and went on to win 2-1 and take a 3-2 series lead.

Regin also helped the Blackhawks become a four-line team again.

Chicago coach Joel Quenneville had lost confidence in his whole lineup in recent games and had predominately played three lines. With Regin, Kris Versteeg and Bryan Bickell playing well together, Quenneville was able to utilize all four of his lines on Sunday.

“I thought he came in and gave us a good presence there,” Quenneville said of Regin. “I thought he gave us some speed in the middle. I thought [Versteeg did], as well. That line was effective for us, gave us more balance and gave us a four-line rotation, which is all right, as well. But a good response first playoff game for us and from him. We liked what we saw.”

Regin created a few chances for the Blackhawks and was solid defensively. He had a 70 Corsi percentage. (The Blackhawks had seven shots for and three against with Regin on the ice in 5-on-5 situations.) Quenneville rewarded Regin’s effort by playing him 11:27 of even-strength ice time.

Regin didn’t want to boast about his play, but his smile after the game spoke to how he was feeling.

“I thought it went all right,” Regin said. “I was a little nervous before the game, but I tried to focus on the positive things. I’ve been rested and tried to be excited instead of being too nervous about having not played in a while.

“I tried to think positive and just go out and play, pretty much.”

Rapid Reaction: Predators 7, Blackhawks 5

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 7-5 loss to the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

How it happened: One night after being shutout in Washington, the Blackhawks got off to a fast start Saturday, striking first 4:11 into the game on a Ben Smith wrist shot. His goal was followed up by Marian Hossa’s 30th score of the season at 12:43 of the first. But Nashville’s Craig Smith answered just 14 seconds later. Ryan Ellis tied it for at 6:32 of the second, before Matt Carey’s first NHL goal put Chicago in front again. Nashville again tied it at 4:03 of the third off the stick of Matt Cullen, and then took their first lead of the game at 7:05 on Colin Wilson’s goal. That lead was short lived, as Jeremy Morin’s tough-angle bank shot off of Rinne 55 seconds later tied things again. Paul Gaustad put Nashville in front at 17:05, but Andrew Shaw drew Chicago even again at 18:25. Patric Hornqvist got the winner with 58.2 remaining. Shea Weber's empty-netter with 14 seconds remaining accounted for the final margin.

What it means: In the grand scheme of things, the game did not have any impact on Chicago’s spot in the Central Division’s standings. They already were locked into third heading into the playoffs, which will start later this week. The Blackhawks will have to wait until tomorrow to see who they will face in the first round. The Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues are tied atop the Central with 111 points apiece. Each plays its final game of the regular season Sunday, and Chicago will face whichever team finishes second in the division. Should the teams end up tied in points, Colorado has the first tiebreaker, which is more regulation and overtime wins.

Player of the game: Brandon Saad had two assists, including a nifty drop pass to Smith on the game’s first goal. Saad had not recorded a point in his last three games played and was a healthy scratch Sunday against St. Louis.

Stat of the game: On a night when the Blackhawks struggled in the faceoff circle, Peter Regin won nine of his 13 draws.

What’s next: The start of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Blackhawks do not know which team they will be facing in round one yet, but they do know that they will start on the road against either Colorado or St. Louis. Both teams’ arenas are booked for Wednesday night, so Thursday looks to be the night for the Blackhawks’ playoff opener.

Rapid Reaction: Capitals 4, Blackhawks 0

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WASHINGTON -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on Friday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks fell behind 2:04 into the game. They fell further behind six minutes later. Their four-game winning streak would eventually fall as well. Things rarely got better on one of "those kinds of nights." Of course, the big-picture explanation cannot be ignored: Chicago played its first game since becoming locked into the third seed. Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin scored the opening goal -- his NHL-leading 51st of the season -- on the game's first power play. Jay Beagle scored twice, doubling his total for the season. Nicklas Backstrom's goal went in off Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford's back 79 seconds into the second period. Crawford made 16 saves during the first two periods before giving way to Antti Raanta for the third. Jaroslav Halak stopped 34 shots for the Capitals.

What it means: Beyond the lack of playoff chase motivation, the Blackhawks continued playing without injured forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Duncan Keith and Peter Regin were among the scratches as coach Joel Quenneville rested some players for the upcoming postseason.

Player of the game: Raanta brushed aside all seven shots he faced in the third period.

Stat of the game: The Blackhawks played their first regular-season game in Washington since March 3, 2011.

What's next: The Blackhawks close the regular season Saturday in Nashville against the Predators. Chicago trails 3-1 in the season series.

Regin sits as Hawks prepare for playoffs

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is beginning to prepare his lineup for the playoffs, and that's bad news for Peter Regin.

Despite being part of the Blackhawks' top possession line along with Bryan Bickell and Jeremy Morin over the past three games, Regin will be a healthy scratch against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. He will be replaced by Ben Smith as the third-line center.

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The Blackhawks' lines during their morning skate on Wednesday were Patrick Sharp-Andrew Shaw-Marian Hossa, Kris Versteeg-Michal Handzus-Brandon Saad, Bickell-Smith-Morin and Brandon Bollig-Marcus Kruger-Joakim Nordstrom. Saad did not play in the Blackhawks' last game.

"Well, for sure [Saad] was coming back in, so [Smith], we put him in that spot here and Benny's been on a little bit of a roll," Quenneville said. "With some things we're looking at in our lineup that could potentially happen in the playoffs, we want to try [that] as well."

Regin has been in and out of the Blackhawks' lineup consistently since he was acquired from the New York Islanders in February. He was last a healthy scratch on March 30.

But after he, Bickell and Morin began showing some potential against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, that line began receiving more ice time in the following two games. Regin had a combined plus-three rating in wins on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. He had a 66.7 Corsi percentage (the Blackhawks had 38 shots for, 19 against with him on the ice) in the three games.

Quenneville has a few other lineup decisions ahead. The Blackhawks are expected to return Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews for the beginning of the playoffs. Nordstrom will likely be taken out of the lineup for one of the two players.

Morin and Handzus are the other likely candidates to be scratched. Quenneville recently said he expected to utilize Handzus in a similar role to the second-line center one he played in the playoffs last season.

Morin could ultimately be the odd man out despite producing as much as anyone lately. He had two goals and two assists and a 73.7 Corsi percentage (the Blackhawks had 42 shots for, 15 against when he was on the ice) during the past three games.

Quenneville hasn't let on to what he plans to do yet.

"We love tough decisions, and we think the depth is going to very important as you go along here," Quenneville said.

Hawks continue winning ways

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CHICAGO -- No Patrick Kane. No Jonathan Toews. No problem.

The Chicago Blackhawks are not only winning without Kane and Toews, who are both out until the playoffs, but are also succeeding at another level than when the two injured stars were in the lineup in recent months.

The Blackhawks are riding their first three-game winning streak since December after defeating the St. Louis Blues 4-2 at the United Center on Sunday. The Blackhawks improved to 3-0-0 without Kane and Toews.

The Blackhawks returned Sunday to the formula they used to take down the Minnesota Wild on Thursday and Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. The Blackhawks limited the Blues’ quality chances. The Blackhawks focused on the offensive basics, especially getting players to the net. Players stepped up across the board.

“I thought three games in a row we played the exact same way,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “Played the right way, worked hard, very effective, efficient. Everybody contributed and scored some ugly goals. Played the right way to get rewarded.”

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Unlikely line thriving for Blackhawks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- If there had been odds on which of the Chicago Blackhawks' lines would have been the most dominant in the past two games, the line of Bryan Bickell, Peter Regin and Jeremy Morin likely wouldn’t have been given the greatest odds.

As for reasons to bet against them, start with the fact that Bickell, Regin and Morin had all fallen out of favor with Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and been made healthy scratches at times this season. Regin was last scratched as recently as March 27. Morin had been scratched March 30.

Plus, all three had dealt with their share of inconsistencies and adversities this season. Bickell just returned to the lineup Thursday after missing six games with an injury. He’s missed a total of 23 games due to injuries this season. Morin failed to make the Blackhawks out of training camp, has played 47 games in the AHL and is now on his third stint with the Blackhawks this season. Regin was getting little time with the New York Islanders and was traded to the Blackhawks in February, but he’s been in and out of the lineup in Chicago, as well. Together, they totaled 21 points on the season prior to Thursday.

Despite all the reasons why the trio might not be successful together, the three players combined to form the Blackhawks’ best line over the last two games.

The line scored two of the Blackhawks’ six goals in wins over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. And the three players led the team’s forwards in Corsi (shot differential) in both games.

On Thursday, the line didn’t see the ice a whole lot, but made the most of what it did get. All three players played less than 10 minutes against the Wild. Despite that, Regin led the Blackhawks with a 71.4 Corsi percentage. The Blackhawks had 10 shots for and four shots against when he was on the ice. Morin followed with a 69.2 Corsi (9-4) and Bickell was third with a 66.7 Corsi (10-5). Bickell scored and Morin had an assist in a 3-2 shootout win Thursday.

On Friday, Quenneville started to see what the line could do and upped the players’ minutes. Regin played 12:03, which is the second-most ice time he’s received since joining the Blackhawks. Morin played a season-high 13:24. Bickell played 11:28.

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Regin not reading into healthy scratch

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Peter Regin said Friday he doesn't believe he did anything wrong to be made a healthy scratch against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday.

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Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville scratched Regin and opted instead to use defenseman Sheldon Brookbank as a forward against the Avalanche. Brookbank had zero shots, one five-minute penalty for fighting, a minus-one rating and played eight shifts for 4:33 of ice time in the 3-2 loss to the Avalanche.

Regin said he had a brief conversation with Quenneville about the scratch and believes the scratch had to do with roster numbers rather than his play.

"I don't read too much into it," Regin said after the team's morning skate on Friday. "We [have] more guys that have to play every game, so somebody's going to sit out. I'm trying not to read too much into it and focus on what I can do tonight.

"I've been around a couple years. It's something you learn to deal with. Focus on the next task. That's tonight. Now I have a chance to prove I want to be in the lineup."

Regin has played center in all five games for the Blackhawks since being acquired from the New York Islanders in February. Quenneville said he plans to play him at wing against the Nashville Predators on Friday. Regin played right wing alongside center Andrew Shaw and left wing Bryan Bickell during the morning skate.

"He's all right," Quenneville said of Regin's play. "We're going to put him on the wing tonight. I don't think we've seen him there yet. We're going to try him there and get [Shaw] back to the middle and see how that works."

Regin played wing and center for the Islanders, so he does have experience at various positions.

"It should be fine," Regin said. "Try to keep it simple and try to skate a lot on that wing and try to create something."

Regin has one goal and a zero rating with the Blackhawks. He has three goals, five assists and a minus-10 rating in 49 total games this season.

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Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
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