During the team’s practices ahead of their game Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Blackhawks have been deploying Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane with Jonathan Toews on their top line. The iconic trio has played together before, but not this season as they began the year on three separate line combinations.
The Blackhawks have been trying to get their scoring attack going in recent games, scoring two or fewer goals in four of their last six games. They were most recently shutout by the Montreal Canadiens at the United Center on Sunday, and the new combinations are Quenneville’s latest effort to fix what’s ailing his struggling team.
Brandon Saad and Richard Panik, who had skated with Toews on the team’s top line, are now with Artem Anisimov, and Alex DeBrincat and Ryan Hartman are playing with second-year center Nick Schmaltz as the line combinations are being changed.
The new line looks for the Blackhawks will make their in-game debut on Thursday night against the Flyers in the City of Brotherly Love. Puck drop is scheduled for 6 p.m.