Desperate Blackhawks playing for playoff lives

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) stands on the bench behind teammates Johnny Oduya...

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) stands on the bench behind teammates Johnny Oduya (27),Michal Rozsival (32) and Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) during the final seconds of Game 4 of their NHL Western Conference semifinals hockey playoff game against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit, Michigan May 23, 2013. (REUTERS)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:32 PM ET

CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks are on their last lives.

But if they’re going down in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal against the Detroit Red Wings, they’re going down with their best players together.

On Saturday, the Blackhawks are expected to put Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp on their top line in an effort to avoid elimination.


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