The Blackhawks make their first trip to Winnipeg since the 2011-12 season. They will be facing former teammates from in Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, and Michael Frolik. Ladd and Byfuglien have been gone since after the 2009-10, while Frolik was jettisoned this past offseason.
The Blackhawks bring a record of 8-2-3 with them to Winnipeg on Saturday afternoon. The Blackhawks are coming off two offensive explosions. Earlier this week the Blackhawks thumped the Minnesota 5-1 and had to storm back against the Ottawa Senators for a 6-5 win. The Winnipeg Jets are bringing in a 5-7-2 record. The Jets in their last two games have lost to the Colorado Avalanche and St. Blues respectively.
After getting off to a hot start this season Dustin Byfuglien has not played well points wise. He is a -5 on the season. The Captain Andrew Ladd has 3 goals and 7 assists on the season. The Jets acquired Frolik and Devin Setoguchi this offseason. Setoguchi has 2 goals and 3 assists on the season. Frolik was the top penalty killer for the Blackhawks last season. This season in Winnipeg is being asked to be more a scorer like early in his career with the Florida Panthers. Frolik on the season has 2 goals and 4 assists on the season.
Jonathan Toews is coming off his 3rd hat trick ever. Toews is on the season has 7 goals and 6 assists on the season. With Michal Handzus out in definitely Brandon Pirri will see more time at the second line center position. Pirri has 2 goals and 3 assists this season.
In addition to the Blackhawks playing against former teammates, another intriguing story is the Blackhawks goalie situation. Coach Quennville has announced that Corey Crawford will get the start. Crawford was called upon in their last game against the Senators to relieve Nikolai Khabibulin . Khabibulin play as of late has raised question about his status on the team.
This matchup will fit a lower end central division team in the Jets versus an upper echlon central division team in the Chicago Blackhawks. It will be fun to watch. The game is on WGN at 2pm central standard time.