Blackhawks vs. Devils Preview

What To Watch For

The Hawks come into this game 6th in the Central Division at 8-6-1, ironically the exact same record they had at this time last year. Not that it means much but here are the forward combinations: 65-19-81, 72-15-88, 56-67-86, 53-16-11.

Teuvo gets bumped from the first line in favor of Shaw, so maybe #65 can stop Toews from getting into fights (for the love of God, Jonny, please stop fighting). The second line of Panarin, Anisimov, and Kane has developed early chemistry and looks to be Q’s bread and butter line right now. Though you can say that for any line that has a guy with 23 points through 15 games on it. I’ll mostly be paying attention to the third line (Dano, Kero, Teravainen) because Marko Dano was supposed to be the big prize from the Saad trade this offseason. It’ll be interesting to see if playing with Teuvo opens up some opportunities for the young forward.

On the defensive side of things, one of the bottom guys is set to make his way out of town with Duncan Keith set to return. I doubt one game’s performance will make or break who is staying and going, but expect guys like Rundblad, Gustafsson, and Svedberg to have an extra jump in their step. Rundblad figures to be the odd man out, but Q has made stranger calls before.

How To Watch

Puck Drop: 7:30 @ United Center (Tickets)
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio:
WGN 720

Other previews: Blackhawks Website/Yahoo/Second City Hockey

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