Coach Q really mixed things up on Wednesday in Edmonton. Coming off two disappointing losses in vancouver and Calgary Coach Q ran the Hawks through the ringer Tuesday at practice.
On Wednesday he seemed to push all the right buttons as the Hawks beat the last place Edmonton Oilers 4-1.
The biggest change besides the departure of winger Jack Skille, who got traded to the Panthers shortly before the puck dropped, was the defensive pairing. Duncan Keith was paired with Nick Leddy while Brent Seabrook skated with Niklas Hjalmarrson and Brian Campbell was with Jordan Hendry who had been a healthy scratch for the last couple games.
The biggest change among the forwards was the reuniting of Patrick Sharp with Toews and Kane and Tomas Kopecky moving over to center between Hossa and Brouwer. I really hope they move the newly acquired Michael Frolik right up there next to Hossa and allow Tomas to fill Skille's place on the 4th line.
All the defensive pairings seemed to work as well as three of the four offensive trios. The only line that seemed to provide nothing was the next line of Hossa, Kopecky and Brouwer. Even before Hossa was injured and missed the entire third period I can hardly recall this line doing anything. Patrick Kane tallied two goals including an empty netter to seal the victory while Jonathan Toews got two assists and earned #1 star of the game.
The biggest struggle of the night for the Hawks was again on the powerplay. They went 1 for 6 and in the last three games have only scored 1 powerplay goal in their last 15 chances.
Corey Crawford played very well in goal and made some great saves losing his bid for the shutout with 3:20 left in the game. He stopped 24 of 25 shots.
The Hawks travel to Dallas to play the Stars on Friday. They expect their newest member, Michael Frolik, to join them in Dallas tomorrow.