Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp switched lines at Wednesday's practice.
Saad moved to the second line to play with Dave Bolland and Patrick Kane, while Sharp skated alongside Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. "We'll see on the lines," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I know that it's something we'll talk about going into the game."
The Chicago Blackhawks are facing some adversity for the first time this season and coach Joel Quenneville sees it as a great opportunity.
"All year long, we've been in a very favorable position," Quenneville said. "I don't think we've been against it in any areas, as far as many stretches in games being down, and definitely in a series we haven't been down. It's a great test for us. It's a good challenge for us. The adversity we're in right now, we have to find a way to overcome it, and that'll be a challenge at the end of the day, to find out about everybody." The Hawks trail the Red Wings 2-1 in their best-of-seven series with Game 4 set for Thursday night.
Duncan Keith was able to take some positives out of Detroit's 3-1 win on Monday.
"We probably had one of our better game of the playoffs (Monday)," Keith said. "Even though we lost, I think we're going to take some confidence away from this game. I know it's a tougher situation down 2-1, but we just got to go in with the right mentality the next game." Chicago has been given plenty of time to reflect on that defeat, given that Game 4 won't be until Thursday. Keith assisted on Chicago's lone goal on Monday and has six points in eight playoff games.
Jonathan Toews is still looking for his first goal of the playoffs.
"I always (feel the pressure to score); maybe a little added pressure in this situation. It's one of those things I have to keep working, keep trying to find ways to score," Toews said. "Eventually it's going to come." Chicago could certainly use the help. They have been held to just two goals over their last two games and are now down in their second-round series 2-1. These are the type of situations where they rely on Toews the most.
Chicago has just three power-play goals in 22 opportunities.
"We need to get our power play going," Marian Hossa said. "We need a big goal from the power play." Chicago certainly needs something after scoring just two goals in their last two games. They haven't scored a power-play goal on the road in the 2013 playoffs, so that's something to keep in mind as they get ready for Game 4 in Detroit.
Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he won't talk about starting Ray Emery in Thursday's Game 4.
"We're not talking about that right now. (Corey Crawford) is fine," Quenneville said after Crawford allowed three goals on 30 shots in Chicago's second straight loss. It's hard to disagree with Quenneville's logic despite the loss. Crawford has been excellent most of this postseason and Monday's loss was hardly all on him, but there will be some serious questions if Chicago loses Game 4 and heads home down 3-1 in the series.
The Chicago Blackhawks were adamant Andrew Shaw didn't interfere with goalie Jimmy Howard on what would've been the game-tying goal in Monday's Game 3.
Shaw was called for goalie interference after it appeared that Viktor Stalberg scored to tie game 2-2. Unfortunately for Chicago, the referee called the goal off almost immediately after he ruled Shaw impeded Howard's progress by occupying the crease. While Stalberg was more diplomatic about the call, coach Joel Qunneville didn't mince words after the game. "I disagree with the call -- didn't touch the goalie," Quenneville said.