Sep 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks celebrate their victory after the overtime period against the Washington Capitals at United Center. Chicago won 4-3 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks Season Opener lineups


With the season opener just 1 day away, the Chicago Blackhawks have announced their lines for Tuesday night. The beat reporters for the major news outlines have given the Blackhawks lineups.


The only major surprise is that Ben Smith not currently on a line. Everyone assumed Smith would pair with Marcus Kruger on the penalty kill. There has been speculation that Joakim Nordstrom had worked well with Marcus Kruger in camp. My assumption is Coach Quenneville will pair Nordstrom with Kruger on the penalty kill.

Marian Hossa and Corey Crawford have informed the Blackhawks that they are good to go for the opener. Both had missed time during the preseason. Both will be in the starting lineup.

In other news, Ryan Stanton (who was waived by the Blackhawks yesterday) was claimed by the Vancouver Canucks.  Stanton signed with the Blackhawks as a free agent in 2010. He played with the Rockford Ice Hogs from 2009-10-2012-13. Stanton only appeared in one game with Blackhawks during his tenure. Last season with Rockford Ice Hogs, Stanton accumulated 25 points and 126 penalty minutes in 73 games.

Unfortunately for Stanton, he could not crack the Blackhawks lineup. We wish him the best in Vancouver.

The season opener is tomorrow at 7pm against the Washington Capitals.

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  • Chris Schubert

    As much as I love this team and Coach Q, the decision to put Zus as the #2 center bothers me. He’s 36 and doesn’t have much speed (or any at all). He can’t put in time at the # 2 spot for 82 games. His role is better suited as a #3/#4 center who takes draws in the offensive zone with the 2nd line when needed. Brandon Pirri might be right around the corner, which means this won’t be a huge issue. But asking Zus to put in those kind of minutes every night is going to wear him out for the long run.