Desperate measures for desperate times?
Seems odd to think the defending Stanley Cup champions are making any form of panic moves when they're tied 2-2 in a series and about to play Game 5 at home.
Yet, as the Chicago Blackhawks prepare to face the Minnesota Wild Sunday evening, coach Joel Quenneville is making a few switches.
One move was forced when Brandon Bollig was handed a two-game suspension for a hit from behind that injured Keith Ballard in Friday's clash in Minnesota, but it doesn't appear Quenneville is stopping there.
If the morning skate lines are to be believed -- and with the Blackhawks, things change very quickly -- Kris Versteeg and Peter Regin will both join the fray and Sheldon Brookbank will likely be back on the blueline.
Joining Bollig in the press box would be defenceman Michal Rozsival and forward Jeremy Morin.
Rozsival had a rough outing last game, but played all previous playoff games. Morin skated in two of the last three tilts and saw a total of 13 minutes of ice time.
Versteeg has missed three of the last five games and not been as effective as needed after getting over an illness.
“You obviously want to play. You also understand you try to be a part of a team here,” Versteeg said. “Whatever it takes to win, you understand. You take it in stride and with positivity. And you try to take what you see from the game from a different perspective and maybe put it into my game tonight. I’m excited to get back in.”
Regin will play his first playoff game since 2010 while with the Ottawa Senators.
“It’s been a little while. I’m excited to get in there,” Regin said.
“I know my role. I know how I can play. I’m just going to try to play the best I can and see how far that takes me. That’s all I can do. I’m not trying to be anybody else or anything like that. Trying to focus on my game and be ready to go.”
Wild defenceman Nate Prosser will return to the lineup in place of Ballard. Prosser played the first two games of the series, but his struggles resulted in a change.
Here are the lines based on the morning skate:
Bryan Bickell-Jonathan Toews-Kris Versteeg
Patrick Sharp-Michal Handzus-Marian Hossa
Brandon Saad-Marcus Kruger-Patrick Kane
Joakim Nordstrom-Peter Regin-Ben Smith
Duncan Keith-Brent Seabrook
Johnny Oduya-Niklas Hjalmarsson
Nick Leddy-Sheldon Brookbank
Nino Niederreiter-Mikko Koivu-Charlie Coyle
Zach Parise-Mikael Granlund-Jason Pominville
Matt Cooke-Erik Haula-Justin Fontaine
Dany Heatley-Kyle Brodziak-Cody McCormick
Ryan Suter-Jonas Brodin
Jared Spurgeon-Marco Scandella
Clayton Stoner-Nate Prosser