Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said there's no set pattern or gut instinct he relies on when he makes lineup changes.
"When we don't like what we see, we're not afraid to try things," Quenneville said. "That's probably the way it works."
It looks as if Quenneville will be shuffling the deck from the last time his Blackhawks took the ice against the Nashville Predators and Friday's matchup in Game 1 against the Wild.
One of those changes includes Quenneville sitting veteran Kris Versteeg and inserting Teuvo Teravainen back into the lineup after a four-game hiatus.
Teravainen started the first two games of the series against the Predators, but after Nashville demolished Chicago 5-2 in Game2, Quenneville yanked him from the lineup. But Quenneville came back around on the 20-year-old, who said he learned a lot from his first playoff action.
For Teravainen, he said playoff hockey can be more physical and faster-paced than the regular season — the usual taste young players walk away with from their first bite of playoff hockey.
"It's a little faster, physical of course," Teravainen said. "Only winning matters, so everybody is doing everything that they can to win the game — blocking shots and making hits. It's a lot more like [getting] ugly goals and just throwing the puck to the net and something going in."
In the first-round series, Teravainen was paired with Joakim Nordstrom and Marcus Kruger on the' fourth line. But Quenneville has changed that for the Wild. Teravainen likely will start skating on the third line with Patrick Sharp and center Antoine Vermette, a grouping that features a little more skill than that including Nordstrom and Kruger.
"We have a pretty good combination there," Teravainen said. "We have some speed. We can shoot the puck. Really smart guys. If we play together, it's going to be good."
Vermette said Teravainen's skill set helps complement what he and Sharp like to do on the ice.
"He's very creative," Vermette said. "Good hands. I thought we played well together at points during the season. He's going to bring an offensive dimension [to the line] for sure."
Quenneville made the switch in part because he thought adding Teravainen to mix with Sharp and Vermette could help the line become quicker and find more scoring chances through speed. For the season, Teravainen had four goals and five assists in 34 games. The bulky Bryan Bickell was on the third line against the Predators and he will be moving up to the second unit with Patrick Kane and Brad Richards.
"They all have a little bit something different, different dimensions to their game," Quenneville said. "[Teravainen] has two experienced guys out there [with him]. But I like his presence as well. He's going to add some speed, and that predictability on both sides of the puck is something he can bring to that line."
If he does, then there might not be many more healthy scratches for Teravainen this postseason.
"I know I can play," Teravainen said. "I know I can help the team. So I just have to find my game and play smart, simple hockey."
But as Teravainen found out last round, that can be harder than it looks.