Dilemma: What should Blackhawks do with Sharp, Saad?

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) controls the puck against Montreal center David Desharnais (51) and left wing Max Pacioretty last Friday at the United Center. With Patrick Sharp returning as soon as Tuesday, it will be interesting to see if coach Joel Quenneville re-inserts Sharp on the first line or leaves Saad there while easing Sharp back in on the third line.

    Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) controls the puck against Montreal center David Desharnais (51) and left wing Max Pacioretty last Friday at the United Center. With Patrick Sharp returning as soon as Tuesday, it will be interesting to see if coach Joel Quenneville re-inserts Sharp on the first line or leaves Saad there while easing Sharp back in on the third line. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 12/7/2014 8:24 PM

After using words like "special" and "elite" to describe the play of Brandon Saad, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville soon will have a decision to make on his young power forward with the return of Patrick Sharp to the lineup perhaps as soon as Tuesday night in New Jersey.

"I think every coach would love to have that problem," Marian Hossa said.

 

Quenneville, who has said repeatedly that he likes tough decisions, certainly has one now with the recent emergence of Saad on the top line alongside Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.

That was Sharp's spot before the veteran forward went down with a knee injury in early November.

Will Quenneville ease Sharp back by starting him off on say, the third line, or will he put him right back in his old spot on the top line and shuffle Saad down?

TBD.

Either way, Saad, who scored the game-winner Friday night and was the No. 1 star Saturday in Nashville with a goal and an assist, is ready for whatever comes his way.

"Sharpie's going to do a great job when he comes back," Saad said. "Every line is good on this team. Whoever I'm with, I'm just looking forward to playing well."

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Morin ultimatum:

According to the Sun-Times, forward Jeremy Morin has made a play-me-or-trade me demand to Blackhawks management. The young forward has become a forgotten man of late, watching from the sidelines as a healthy scratch the last eight games. He is without a point in 15 games thus far.

With the imminent return of Patrick Sharp to a team that's been rolling four lines that have been producing, Morin's prospects for playing time certainly don't appear as if they'll improve.

Assembly line:

Ho hum, another Blackhawks goalie in the net, another victory. After back-to-back wins by Antti Raanta, it was Lemont native Scott Darling's turn Saturday in Nashville.

And the big guy came through, stopping 32 of 33 shots to pick up his third win.

"He was so strong in the net," Marian Hossa said. "You could just feel the confidence from him. It was the same thing with Antti (on Friday).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"It's another great problem to have. The team feels confident whoever is in net."

Joel Quenneville included.

""These guys have responded with three big wins for us," he said. "We don't change regardless who's in the net, and that's a statement about our goaltenders."

He said it:

"I liked him. He's got some motion, got some size, some movemet to his game. Played with a purpose, too, so it was a good start for him."

-- Joel Quenneville on the NHL debut of defenseman Klas Dahlbeck

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