Second and Third Lines
The second and third lines for the Blackhawks haven’t shown up at all. They’ve been sloppy and haven’t given this team a chance to be successful. Chicago cannot play with just a solid first and fourth line, they need all four lines to step up if they want to win this game.
The lack of Patrick Kane’s impact in the playoffs has been an issue for this team. Kane is a key part of this team’s success. If we don’t see Patrick Kane get going, this series could be over before it even starts.
Maybe switch the lines around a bit, Kirby Dach and Patrick Kane look good together on paper but it just hasn’t panned out. Dach is looking better game-by-game but the scoring from that line isn’t there. I would split the two up for now.
Moving those middle-six forwards around could be what’s needed for the team to be successful. Patrick Kane has done well with Alex Nylander and Dylan Strome, but they’ve been split up after the success they found in Game 1 against the Oilers. It would be smart to put them back on a line together.
That leaves Alex DeBrincat and Drake Caggiula with Kirby Dach. That line has serious potential to be dangerous against Vegas’ third line. It will come down to the ability of DeBrincat to start scoring as he did in 2018-19. He’s been off all year, DeBrincat adding to the scoresheet again would help out Chicago big time.
The Blackhawks scored the most goals out of any team in the qualifying series, they did that off of their first and fourth lines. Could you imagine how good this team would be if their second and third lines joined in?