Jun 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) celebrates with right wing Patrick Kane (88) and center Andrew Shaw (65) after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period in game seven of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Patrick Kane has been very good at adapting to multiple linemates for the past couple seasons while the Chicago Blackhawks have juggled to find the perfect 2nd line Center. You could say that Patrick Kane is one of the best situational players in the NHL. However, the time may have come where Coach Quenneville might want to keep the chemistry flowing between the Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw, and Patrick Kane line. I will be taking a look at the chemistry and their future potential as a trio on the ice.
It wasn’t until Game 5 of the Western Conference Final, where the Chicago Blackhawks were trailing in the series 3-1, that Joel Quenneville decided to switch things up on his lines to find a new spark. Little did Coach Q know that this combination would instantly ignite and become the talk of the offseason, only one day into it. Questions were already coming at the Coach during their final interviews Tuesday as the team cleaned out their lockers one last time and headed home for the summer. When asked about locking Kane into a line with Saad and Shaw he said, “Maybe we found that center with Shawzy and Saader and him as a linemate, but I just think whether it’s two of those guys or one of the two with him, they could be linemates for a while. I just think that Kaner gives you that luxury as a team and as a staff that you’ve got to use him in so many different situations because he gives you so much. And having that one centerman, we’ll see, but I think the luxury of our team is when you don’t play him together with Jonny (Toews), we have so much more concerns for our opponents and two real dangerous lines.” Quote courtesy of http://video.blackhawks.nhl.com/