CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville appears to have split up center Jonathan Toews and right wing Patrick Kane for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) with the hope of creating more balance and scoring depth in the forward lines.
"It certainly enhances the offense when they are together," Quenneville said, "but certainly the balance is something we'll look at."
Quenneville used Kane and Toews on the same line for the first five periods against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the best-of-7 series, which is tied 1-1. They didn't produce. He separated them at the start of the third period in a 4-3 loss in Game 2 on Saturday, and on their second shift apart, Toews set up defenseman Brent Seabrook for a game-tying goal.
"Certainly I think splitting those two up gives you a little bit more freedom as far as whether it's room or something for them [the Lightning] to be concerned with," Quenneville said. "We'll see how that progresses."