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Blackhawks load up their top line for Game 5

May 25, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

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The Blackhawks are going to be loading up their top line to start tonight’s must-win Game 5 against Detroit.

Tracey Myers of reports from this morning’s skate that Jonathan Toews will have Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane on his wings tonight as they hope that loaded attack can get the Red Wings off their game. Kane tells Myers things could go really well if they find their old chemistry again.

“I played a lot my first couple years in the league and developed some chemistry where it was pretty instant and had a lot of offensive chances. We just have to remember how to play with each other; we haven’t done it in a while,” he said. “Hopefully we can have a couple good shifts early and get the chemistry back right away.”

One thing loading up the top line could do is help free up Toews as he’s had Henrik Zetterberg all over him in this series. With home ice and last change to go along with a pair of new-old line mates, perhaps a breakout is in the Chicago captain’s future.

  1. mp1131211 - May 25, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Go wings!

  2. bensawesomeness - May 25, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Normally, i’d say something like, ‘if the Wings can whether the first 10 minutes, we can close it out tonight’
    but this post season, it’s the last 10 that’s been the problem. If we can survive the last ten minutes without doing something horrendously stupid ( See : Game 6 against Anaheim ) then we can hold our own and make it to the WCF

  3. jakreidler - May 25, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Translation: Have fun, Datsyuk.

  4. lovac2 - May 25, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    I don’t like seeing Kane and Sharp on the same line. They are both type of skill players who won’t get dirty and into board battles which you need to win to get back into the series. Toews needs help in winning those tough physical battles for the puck. Not sure these two players will help with that. I would have like to see Bickell staying with him.

  5. polegojim - May 25, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Cool – that’s a double edge sword, but bring it Hawks.


  6. cavafox - May 25, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    That worked so well for Ottawa.

  7. bigoldorcafromvan - May 25, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Chicago could win this game tonight but I hope they don.t. They are a very good team with great players on it but for the most of them I can.t stand them. Toews with all his whinning and trying to be a ref, The big flopper Hossa greatest diver of all times, then there is the predator Keith that could take a players head off again if he gets hit into the boards with a clean hit. This line I don.t think will be good together as most of the game Toews will be unglued and in the penalty box for the best part of the game. Hope the Wings down them tonight.

    • no - May 26, 2013 at 1:50 AM


  8. mbellamy09 - May 25, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    So just gonna let pasha go up against who? This also will make things easier for third line which has already dominated. Hoping for a wings win but Chicago is gonna come out a lot better than last game. Go wings

  9. 19wasthebest - May 25, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Win or lose tonight, the Wings have done a great job this year with all the injuries and call ups. Hopefully they will win this and advance. I used to think I would like Crybaby Toews in the motor city but man after this series and all the crying I would never want him. I do not think their is more than 1 player (sharp) that I would like to see in a Wings sweater.

    Let’s go Redwings!!!

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