Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville has some tough decisions to make ahead of Game 3 in the Nashville-Chicago opening round playoff series.
With the Blackhawks failing to even score a single goal against Predators, let alone win a game, something needs to be done as things shift to Nashville for Games 3 and 4.
According to reports, Quenneville is looking to make some lineup changes before the team suits up again.
The head coach has yet to focus all his firepower into a line consisting of Panarin-Toews-Kane, but considering the Blackhawks have failed to score at all, Quenneville confirmed that the strategy is "always an option". This pairing has all the required elements to be called ''nuclear'', as these 3 guys are the most electrifying there is in the Hawks lineup.
One thing won’t change though, and that’s the man between the pipes for the Blackhawks.
Quenneville has no doubt that Corey Crawford has what it takes to win for Chicago, and may be the only player on the team who has the coach’s full confidence.
Crawford put up a 2.55 GAA and a .918 save-percentage in 55 games during the regular season. He of course backstopped Chicago to two Stanley Cups, and has a Playoff record of 48 wins across 85 games, with a 2.28 GAA and a .919 save-percentage.
Nashville’s Pekka Rinne has been perfect so far between the pipes, with two consecutive shutouts. The Predators have all the momentum heading into Game 3 on home ice, and even the Nuclear Option may not be enough to pull Chicago back into this series.
But if anyone can do it, it’s the Blackhawks.
Game 3 will be played in Nashville on Monday, April 17th.