As the Playoffs approach quickly, different teams pick different strategies to optimize their chances for a deep run. For some coaches, players have to play a lot and keep their game sharp. For others, it's a matter of taking it easy, healing the bumps and bruises and be as fresh as possible comes the big day.
Coach Q and the Blackhawks decidedly went along the second path. Their spot is already locked in and the home ice is a guarantee at this point. Their strategy is clearly to relax for a bit.
Why not take a little breather and give the younger players some quality ice time? Interestingly, Patrick Kane is not in the list even though he plays tons of minutes each night. He's such a beast that maybe he simply refused to get night off?
The Hawks will face the Ducks in Anaheim tonight, a good test for both teams.