Chicago Blackhawks: Quenneville’s Chemistry Class

By Keith Schultz

May 11, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville during the third period of game five of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center. Chicago won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

One of my favorite hashtags on Twitter is #Qhemistry and it’s usually written when Joel Quenneville’s line blender get turned on for no apparent reason which is usually after about a period of bad play.

One thing that really surprised me after the trade deadline trades and easy defeat of the Carolina Hurricanes is that Quenneville changed up his lineup something he rarely does when the lineup plays good hockey for 60 minutes.  He took Teuvo an offensive weapon and put him on the bench for newcomer Andrew Dejardins.

Dejardins is supposed to be a scrappy, gritty player and he did throw his body around a bit, but he didn’t really stand out which sometimes doesn’t mean much in Q’s vision, but  I guess he watched the same game we witnessed and decided to give Dajardins a practice jersey for someone outside of the top four lines and Teuvo was back in the lineup for tomorrow.

What was missing Friday night was obvious.. Offense.  The Blackhawks can fire off a ton of shots, but they lacked a ton of offense and putting Teuvo back in the lineup had to put a kind of a bad taste in his mouth for changing up a winning combination.

Not only was Teuvo put in the practice lines he was moved all the way up to the 2nd line and the 2nd powerplay unit.  The team is obviously missing the creativity of Patrick Kane so getting Teuvo out there should help in the creativity department.

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Not only was Teuvo added for Dejardins, Coach Q at practice Saturday really sent a message when he replaced Bryan Bickell with Daniel Carcillo. Now this is when I think Q loses his mind except when you look back at history and this is about the right time of the season that Q sets down Bickell before he explodes during the playoffs and earns all the money the Hawks are paying him to sit in the pressbox.

What do you think of Q’s changes?

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