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Bollig in, Stalberg out? Quenneville says it’s ‘possible’

Jun 11, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

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There could be some lineup changes coming for the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals.

During today’s practice at United Center, forwards Viktor Stalberg and Brandon Bollig were sporting different colored jerseys. Bollig had a black one meaning he was on one of the top four lines while Stalberg skated in white with the extras.

Is there change coming? Quenneville was coy following practice saying it’s “possible” that Bollig and Stalberg would be switched. Stalberg’s game is all about speed and scoring chances while Bollig is strength and toughness. Perhaps he believes Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton needs a real dance partner.

That wasn’t the only change either as coach Joel Quenneville juggled his lines as well reuniting Jonathan Toews with Patrick Sharp with Marian Hossa while Patrick Kane joined Bryan Bickell and Michael Handzus on the second line. Quenneville says reuniting Sharp and Toews is about “balance” in the lineup.

  1. adambballn - Jun 11, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Stalberg was in a white jersey… it’s pretty safe to assume Stalberg is out and Bollig is in.

  2. timmeh022 - Jun 11, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. The Hawks lineup did just fine against the much more physical Kings, I don’t see the need for the change.

    • adambballn - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      I agree… but how long have you been watching the Hawks? This is Q… there will be changes.

      • mattyg89 - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        Stalbergs speed would be unparalleled against Boston but I agree with the column that Thorton needs a physical presence to stop him from being all over the Hawks’ top guys. With the way Bickell is puttin up points I don’t see reverting back to a “hit only” type of player. If this move doesn’t work out in the first game or 2, I could see Q switching back.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        Good points mattyg. Hawks have got to avoid falling into the trap of letting the Bruins rough up their best players. The Bruins success depends on bringing the play down a level or four. They’d call that wearing the opposition down. I’d call it winning by cheating. In either case, this would be the one time to tinker with something that has been working, and I’m a big fan of Stalberg’s game.

      • rdurk86 - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        You do realize that Julien plays match ups more than almost any other coach, and the Bruins 4th line will almost never be out there against the top 2 lines for Chicago. Hard to “rough up” their top guys if you’re never out there at the same time.

        Funny how it took Crosby and Malkin being idiots last series for the Bruins to “bring the play down a level”. Good analysis though.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        You do realize that Campbell blocked Malkin’s shot, and he wasn’t sitting on the bench at the time. Good comeback loser.

      • poortom1 - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        You do realize that Campbell kills penalties and that was a Penguins Power Play? Get a clue before you make fun of someone.

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        You do realize there are other ways to start a comment, right?

        Crap, I did it, too.

      • homelanddefense - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        You havent watched the Bruins if you think Thornton will be all over the Hawks top guys. First that isnt his style, second they would never want him on the ice against the top guys of Chicago. Thornton is out there to keep his guys clean, I cant remember him going after a non fighter, unless that guy took a shot at a Bruins non fighter.

      • homelanddefense - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        and leftcoast…do you even watch the games? Your comment about Campbell perfectly illustrates how you dont let the facts get in the way of your opinions.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    As a Bruins fan, whatever the Hawks have been doing scares me. So hopefully they mix it up.

  4. comeonnowguys - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Fine. If it doesn’t work though, stop it immediately. Don’t want another repeat of the Daniel Carcillo Failtacular in the first few games of the Detroit series.

  5. tripps3 - Jun 11, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    It’s not like Stalberg has been playing great during the playoffs – mine as well switch it up. I think he was a healthy scratch a couple games against DET

  6. alwaysgame7 - Jun 11, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Advantage: Bruins

    If you look at the hit ratio the first 2 games in PITT, Boston got outhit ALOT and we saw the box score results. If you want to win stick to your game plan- dont poke the bear.

    Make as many changes as you want, but I think it just plays into the bruins hand because you’re already planning to play their game.

    CANNOT WAIT for tommorow night! Should be awesome!

  7. slysipops - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    BOLLIG was put on the towes line during a BLUES game when a lot of cheap shots were given the TOEWS…..it stopped very fast ! STALLBERG is and has been skating around very fast …but that is all he has been doing…. so maybe you put need where need is needed ? SKILLE was a very fast skater with the HAWKS…. but that’s all he did ..skated fast but not much else. sooo away he went to FLORIDA. the HAWKS have given STALLBERG a few seasons to get it together. he has had his streaks, although they were short. i look for him to go this off season . time will tell GO HAWKS GO !

  8. acepylut - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Great move by Q. Look at those lines he’s created – perfect to matchup against the Bruins. Sharp-Toews-Hossa, yeah put Bergeron on those guys, and then leave Bickell-Handzus-Kane to wreak havoc. Shaw-Bolland-Saad – Marchand ain’t got nutting on them. Look for this line to draw a lot of penalties (not that being on the PP has been good, though) getting under the Bruins skin. Frolik-Kruger-anyone: that’s like a permanent PK that will crush you, which the hawks have excelled in.

    Boston is going to feed into all this “bigger stronger better” hype because that’s all it is: hype. They aren’t expecting to get ‘initiated against’ by the likes of Bolland and Shaw.

    This whole “number of hits” business is a terrible stat to show without immediately displaying the Puck Possession time. You don’t get hit when you don’t have the puck. Hawks always have the puck. Can’t score without it, after all.

    • homelanddefense - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      wow, I wonder if Boston should even bother to show up tonight?

  9. slysipops - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    a lot of talk about pealties….. hopefully the refs will tell JAGR to keep his stick on the ice and not around an opponents waist.. hip.. or arm getting towed around . skate on your own dude …or retire! i like older guys , as i am one , but don’t have a parallel stick JAR! by the way i did like your interview on NHL media day …very good and very funny !

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