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Joel Quenneville Keeps Fixing Things That Aren’t Broke

By Keith Schultz
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 12: Head coach Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks gives instructions to his team against the Winnipeg Jets at the United Center on January 12, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 12: Head coach Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks gives instructions to his team against the Winnipeg Jets at the United Center on January 12, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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If there ever was a season that we can all pile on Joel Quenneville for some of his decision this is certainly one of the best years.  Lately his decision to fix things that aren’t broke is really becoming and issue while there are broke things that aren’t getting fixed. 

For years the biggest beef with Joel Quenneville was his lack of playing young players, which is why everyone expected Alex DeBrincat to start the season in Rockford instead of Chicago. This season though you have to throw out that thought process because if you haven’t noticed the Chicago Blackhawks are in full rebuild mode outside of the Big 3 and Brent Seabrook.

While Coach Q is searching for answers he has stumbled on some things that really have worked for more than a game or two.  The best thing he threw together in my mind was putting Vinnie HInostroza on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad.  The line was great for four or five games with Saad and Toews looking like their old selves.

The problem is the Hawks had a new, exciting and shiny toy named Anthony Duclair so Q decided to put him with Toews.  This worked out for a couple of games, but it doesn’t look the same as it did with Vinnie with Toews.  I like Duclair and his speed, but I feel like he should be with Patrick Kane who can set him up instead of Toews who wants to play the cycle game to create shots.

Either way, the Hawks had a solid first line and Joel Quenneville broke it up when it didn’t need fixed.

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Another thing he’s doing is not starting Anton Forsberg tonight in Calgary.  Without Corey Crawford in the lineup I see how Q will want to ride the hot hand, but guess what… Forsberg has the hot hand.  Yet tonight Jeff Glass gets the start in a game the Chicago Blackhawks almost must have to keep up with everyone in the Western Conference playoff race.

There are things to be fixed with this Chicago Blackhawks team, mainly the powerplay followed by the defense and finishing with bodies to the net.  The powerplay has to get fixed or this season is shot.  The Hawks aren’t scoring enough on a nightly basis to just throw away man advantages like they have in years past.  You watch other teams crisply move the puck around and just wish this was taught to our powerplay units.

Vinnie should be with Toews, Forsberg should be in net tonight and I’m done complaining about Coach Q for this morning!

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What are your thoughts on Joel Quenneville’s decisions lately?

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