Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Saturday that he hoped that Patrick Kane could help break new linemate Bryan Bickell out of his prolonged slump.

But don’t look for Kane to force anything or try to intentionally bank a shot off Bickell just to give him some confidence.

“I’m just going to go out there and play hockey,” Kane said before Saturday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. “We were successful in the past playing with each other, just by him getting to the net and playing like he was in the playoffs. He knows how to play. I don’t have to worry about trying to snap him out of his slump, He’ll be fine.”

It was another new line combination for Kane, as Bickell and Marcus Kruger joined him. Kane insisted the revolving door didn’t bother him. After all, Kane regularly gets extra shifts on various lines, anyway.

“I wouldn’t say it’s difficult. It’s exciting to play with different players,” he said. “There could be games where I play with pretty much every line and every forward on the team. So sometimes it’s good to switch it up and get excited about certain shifts.”

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There has been a lot of speculation about who will captain Team Canada. Quenneville was asked if he expected Jonathan Toews to wear a letter — a “C” or an “A” — on his sweater in Sochi.

“I would say very likely — either one,” Quenneville said. “It’s not going to change how he’s going to play. We know that we’re fortunate that we have the right guy leading our team.”