Apr 3, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Jeremy Morin (11) skates with the puck during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The two Blackhawks losses to the Blues have been HEART BREAKING. Now the Blackhawks will be without one of their top defenseman in Brent Seabrook for three games. With the Blackhawks trailing the St. Louis Blues 2-0, they return to the United Center on Monday. The Blackhawks suffered two of the worst losses in a long time. The Blackhawks lead both games late in the third period only to fall in overtime. They need something to lift their team back up. They need a spark. That spark should be in the form of Jeremy Morin.
Morin was playing great hockey toward the end of the regular season. He has scored four goals and recorded two assists in his last six games. He was also the AHL player of the month in March for the Rockford Icehogs. With Seabrook being out, Morin’s physical play and size will be NEEDED on the Blackhawks.
Morin is also a high energy guy that gave the Blackhawks a boast when they needed it. Well now they need that high energy more now than ever. Game 3 is a must win for the Blackhawks. Coach Joel Quenneville needs to get Peter Regin, Jeremy Morin, and Bryan Bickell back on the same line. That was the line that had good results toward the end of the season. This line also gives the Blackhawks size which they lack on most of their lines.
In my opinion Morin should have been playing in the first two games. Hopefully the Blackhawks not playing Morin does not cost them the series.
If Morin is inserted into the lineup the question becomes: who loses their roster spot? The answer might be less clear than it was before the playoffs. Kris Versteeg was my choice before the playoffs, but he seems to have stepped and played well in Games one and two. Michael Handzus or Brandon Bollig might need to be replaced although both played alright in the first two games.
Coach Quenneville has a tough choice before Game 3. I hope he makes the right one.
The Blackhawks will face the St. Blues on Monday at the United Center at 8:30 pm ET on CNBC.
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