Sep 23, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (39) leads the team out on the ice for warm-ups before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Here are the Chicago Blackhawks Top 10 predictions for the 2013-2014.
10. Brandon Pirri will be the second line center before the year is out.
Brandon Saad did not lock down the second line center position because he is a natural winger. Michal Handzus is the current option at second line center. Brandon Pirri is a natural center and should assume the role before the season ends.
9. Nikolai Khabibulan will remain Corey Crawford’s backup all season.
Khabibulan comes back to the Blackhawks this season. He will fill the backup goalie role this season. With Antti Raanta adjusting to the NHL style of play, he should remain in Rockford the entire season.