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Chicago’s Hossa says this year’s team “feels like 2010”

Jan 22, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa, of Slovakia, celebrates with Andrew Shaw (65) after Hossa scored against the Nashville Predators in the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) AP

Though it’s only two games into the regular season, Marian Hossa already has that winning feeling.

That’s what the Blackhawks winger told the Chicago Sun-Times after racing out to a 2-0 start to the season, thanks to victories over the Kings and Coyotes.

‘‘Right now, it feels like 2010,’’ Hossa said, referencing Chicago’s Cup-winning side of two year ago. ‘‘We had the four lines going [then], and right now we’re doing similar things.

“I know it’s only two games and it’s early to be talking about it, but I feel good about rolling four lines, so everyone’s more energized, instead of playing two or three lines so much.’’

The ability roll four lines is a hot topic in Chicago. Last year, the team relied almost exclusively on the top six of Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Viktor Stalberg and Dave Bolland — but this year, the ‘Hawks have already gotten contributions from Michael Frolik, Bryan Bickell, Dan Carcillo and Marcus Kruger.

The team is also getting more ice from last year’s surprise rookie standout, Andrew Shaw, who’s averaging nearly 16 minutes a night.

Head coach Joel Quenneville is excited about his depth up front, and also made the ’10 reference.

‘‘The 2010 team, we had four lines we were rotating,’’ he explained. ‘‘Everybody was going, and that’s what we’re talking about this season. We like that they’re all capable of playing against anybody. We like the depth.’’

  1. sjsharks86 - Jan 22, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Pssh, Crawford+Emery≠Niemi, & their D is lacking (cough* Campbell, ahem*). Rolling 4 lines is important but not everything.

    • 19to77 - Jan 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      Dude, Niemi was never a game-stealing superstar for them. He was very solid in the regular season (with the caveat that in front of him was an All-Star defense unit) and good enough to win in the playoffs, but he wasn’t exactly a Vezina candidate. Still isn’t.

  2. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    I have to LOL as well, So who’s playing the part of Campbell and Byfuglin?

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Jan 22, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      Please do your homework before posting 😉 (just kidding)

    • 19to77 - Jan 22, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Playing the part of Campbell is Keith, a defenseman who actually knows how to backcheck, and Byfuglien was only elevated to the ridiculous status of a top-pair defenseman when he went to Atlanta. He was just a depth guy, albeit a great depth guy, in Chicago.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 22, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        Ok, so who’s playing the part of Keith, now that he’s playing Campbell. And Byfuglien is a top pair Dman in this league. If he was back in Chicago he would be the 2nd best on the team.

      • 19to77 - Jan 22, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        You don’t know your history, then. During Byfuglien’s time as a ‘Hawk, he was primarily a second- or third-pairing D and in his final season, converted to forward to provide checking support up front. He was never used as a top-pair D by the ‘Hawks. They were so deep on D they didn’t even bother using him as one in the end.

        As for the other half of the top D pair on the ‘Hawks, his name is Brent Seabrook, and he also plays better D than either Campbell or Byfuglien.

  3. steelers88 - Jan 22, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Now the Penguins team looks alot like the 2008/2009 team that won the Cup.

    • zetaone - Jan 22, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      Except Crosby looks a little sleepy :/

  4. ineedmorehossa - Jan 22, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    I need more Hossa

  5. theblakfox - Jan 22, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Four fantastic offensive lines….goalie? Defense? Not the same team. Love u hossa, but c’mon now

  6. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 22, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Hossa is great and all, but the Bruins are the same exact team that won the cup in 11′. With the exception of IMPROVEMENTS! Seguin barely played, he’s a star now, Rask is better than Thomas, and Dougie Hamilton is a great addition on the point. I like their chances.

  7. pone27 - Jan 22, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Funny how you guys mention Niemi, Campbell, and Buff.

    If we really want to “replace” those guys, well, Crawford is easily the same skill level as Niemi. You guys act like he was the savior for the Hawks that year, lol.

    Campbells skill set (and price tag) is replaced by Oduya. Hate all you want, but Oduya brings the 2nd line offensiveccapabilities that Soups had with Hjmarsson.

    Buff is a player that no team can replace. Hes a one of one in the league.

    Its the Maddens, the Ladds, the Versteegs that hurt the Hawks. Thats depth. Shaw showed he can step up, Frolik has shown he can step up, so has Kruger. These 3 all now not only earned playoff experience but also have developed their team chemistry. Top that off with a much better special teams so far, and you have a gopd resemblance of 2010. I am just as pumped as the Hossman this year.

    Oh by the way, you morons (sjsharks) who think their funny when they try to say Keith cant replace Campbell… You do know Duncan won the Norris right? SMH.

  8. bluesfanman - Jan 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Well, well, well – it should be interesting tonight with two 2-0 teams clashing in Chi-town.

    Go BLUES!!

  9. blackhawks2010 - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    All lines are rolling, reminiscent of 2010. Hawks will be tough to beat if Crawford can hold the net. Having the best blue line in NHL will definitely help.

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