Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville hasn't had a need to tinker with his lines much this season until now.
But with the loss of top line right wing Marian Hossa to an upper body injury and the Hawks in a funk where they've lost three of the last four, the time is right to shake things up.
At practice Wednesday, the top line consisted of Brandon Saad, Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw. The second line was Patrick Sharp, Michal Handzus and Patrick Kane. The third line was Bryan Bickell, Peter Regin and Kris Versteeg while the fourth line remained the same with Brandon Bollig, Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith.
"We haven't scored many goals in the last games," Quenneville said. "You take away the Pittsburgh game and we basically have 3 goals in three games.
"I like to measure our team's wins and losses. I don't mind what we're giving up. Usually that's the most important criteria, but we should be generating a little more. Maybe that split, making a few changes, maybe ignites some offense for us."
Quenneville thinks Hossa's injury shouldn't be enough to derail the team's offense, which leads the league with 3.33 goals a game.
"I still think there's enough offense there even with Hoss going down," Quenneville said. "We should find enough going forward in his absence. With our group, there's enough offense on any given night. We should be able to find it."
Roll with Seabrook:
Brent Seabrook's Celebrity Ice Bowl to benefit low-income children will be Friday at 6 p.m., at Lucky Strike Lanes, 322 East Illinois in Chicago.
Fans will have a chance to meet and bowl with Seabrook and select Hawks. Various pricing tiers allow fans to customize their experience. Options range from watching the bowling tournament to mingling with players to bowling alongside a Hawks player.
More information can be found at chicagoblackhawks.com.