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What happened to Hawks' checking line?

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Updated: May 9, 2012 10:04AM

The Bryan Bickell-Dave Bolland-Michael Frolik combination was supposed to be the Blackhawks’ shutdown line coming into the season. Instead, they’ve each struggled with consistency as the Hawks’ goals-against average has risen. Here’s a look:


Bolland has two goals and an assist in the last five games, but the shutdown qualities that made him famous need to appear consistently. It doesn’t help that his line has often changed, but he had a stretch of seven games (separated by a foot injury) in which he had no points and a minus-7 rating.


Bickell has failed to build on a pretty good 2010-11 regular season and a strong finish in the playoffs. He hasn’t had a point in 13 consecutive games, and his ice time has decreased dramatically. He’s on the fourth line, and another healthy scratch seems inevitable.


The winger has gotten chances to play on lines with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, but neither opportunity lasted long. Frolik, who got a three-year, $7 million deal this summer, has been dropped to the fourth line. He hasn’t had a point in his last nine games and has only seven points this season.

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