Thanks to Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild, the Chicago Blackhawks get two additional days off to rest up and heal before the Conference Semi-final round kicks off. The Blackhawks looked to be have heavy legs in the final two games of the St. Louis Blues series, but they found a way to pick up wins in both Games #5 & #6 and now get rewarded with more time off than anyone could have imagined after they lost the first two games of the series in overtimes on the road in St. Louis.
Apr 26, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; The Stanley Cup logo on the ice prior to game five between the Detroit Red Wings and the Boston Bruins in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks need the rest mainly because Joel Quenneville decided to play 3 lines in the final two acts of the series which included a healthy scratch of Kris Versteeg in favor of Joakim Nordstrom.
Brandon Bollig’s Ice Time in the series
- Game #1-15:30
- Game #2-3:33
- Game #3-5:05
- Game #4-6:32
- Game #5-4:18
- Game #6- 1:50
While Kris Versteeg’s Time in the series was:
- 1. 29:01
- 2. 12:42
- 3. 11:14
- 4. 12:02
- 5. 8:49
Which pales in comparison to the plus 20 minutes that Quenneville played his stars of Toews, Kane, and Hossa. Quenneville is the coach that tightens the bench and blends lines like a mad man when it’s playoff hockey so for the Top 9 guys the best thing they could have seen on Monday happened, which was a Wild win in Minnesota extending the series to Game #7 on Wednesday night.
There always is a concern that the Hawks don’t want time off but to keep on playing, but this time of the year every extra day that the body can rest can give you the ounce of energy that is needed when the game in is overtime and duty calls!!
Thanks Minnesota for the win!! Anything can happen in a Game #7 but before that game it will be extra rest time for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Who will you be rooting for Wednesday night?
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