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.
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) September 30, 2013
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.
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.