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Blackhawks vs. Lightning, Stanley Cup Final Game 3 preview: Home ice brings lineup changes

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The return of Bryan Bickell is one of several changes for the Blackhawks as the Stanley Cup Final moves to the United Center on Monday night.

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The Chicago Blackhawks will look a bit different as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night at the United Center. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will skate on different lines, Bryan Bickell is back after recovering from vertigo and Trevor van Riemsdyk looks likely to make his playoff debut.

Kane has yet to register a point in this series, while Toews has one assist, tallying the primary helper on Brent Seabrook's goal in Game 2. Kris Versteeg skated in Bickell's spot on the second line during his absence. Versteeg has one goal in nine games this postseason, while Bickell has no goals and five assists in 17 appearances this spring.

Now Kane is back on the second line along with Bickell, who the team says had suffered from vertigo since Game 7 against the Anaheim Ducks. He's good to go now, though, and will be joining the lineup along with van Riemsdyk, who takes the place of David Rundblad as coach Joel Quenneville continues to search for the right mix on the blue line.

When the Stanley Cup Final is tied, 1-1, the team that won Game 3 has won the Cup 21 of 26 times. Both teams dropped Game 3 in their previous Cup Final appearances, and won the Cup.

Tampa Bay has won seven road games this postseason, and four of the last five teams that did that won the Cup. Chicago has only lost one game at home this spring -- Game 3 against the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final.

The Hawks and Lightning split the first two games in Tampa. Chicago grabbed the opener, 2-1, after a pair of third-period goals less than two minutes apart. The Lightning bounced back with a 4-3 victory to even the series at 1-1.

Seabrook scored another big time goal in Game 2 to tie the game at three apiece. Seabrook's goal set a franchise record for defenseman in a single postseason with seven, surpassing Chris Chelios. He is tied with Bob Murray and Doug Wilson with 19 career playoff goals.

Corey Crawford will start in net again after stopping 20 shots in Game 2. Since 2013, Crawford is 24-5 in 29 home outings in the postseason.

Here are the lines:

Saad Toews Hossa
Bickell Richards Kane
Sharp Vermette Teravainen
Desjardins Kruger Shaw

Defensive Pairings

Keith van Riemsdyk
Seabrook Hjalmarsson
Oduya Cumiskey

Opponent Breakdown: Tampa Bay Lightning

Ben Bishop left Game 2 for unknown reasons -- twice. Lightning coach Jon Cooper offered no explanation for Bishop's departure, and wouldn't name his starter.

Backup goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all five shots in nine-plus minutes of relief. The 20-year-old prospect from Russia became the first goaltender to earn a Stanley Cup Final win in relief since Pittsburgh Penguins' Frank Piertrangelo on May 23, 1991, in Game 5 against the Minnesota North Stars.

Bishop participated in the team's optional morning skate and left the ice first Monday, which is often an indication of who will be starting that night, but declined to say whether he would play.

Tampa's media darling second line made its presence felt in Game 2. Nikita Kucherov tipped in a point shot to tie the game, 2-2, before Tyler Johnson stuffed a goal at the side of net past Crawford for another one-goal lead. Johnson's goal broke a five-game scoreless streak, and gave him the franchise record with 13 goals in a postseason. The Blackhawks' top lines need to do more, which explains the breaking up of Toews and Kane.

Here are the lines from last time out:

Killorn Filppula Stamkos
Palat Johnson Kucherov
Brown Paquette Callahan
Marchessault Boyle Morrow

Defensive Pairings

Hedman Stralman
Garrison Coburn
Carle Sustr

Injury Report

ChicagoMichal Rozsival (8-12 weeks, fractured ankle)

Tampa Bay: Ben Bishop (day-to-day, undisclosed), Mattias Ohlund (IR, knee)

Game Information

When: 7 p.m. CT

Where: United Center


Radio: WGN-720

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