Mar 2, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) is pursued by Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal (12) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks traded Ben Smith to the San Jose Sharks for Andrew Dejardins as a cap saving measure, but many believed that the move was also made to add more grit and toughness to the Chicago Blackhawks lineup. The Blackhawks hardly ever lead any game in the hits category and during the past few years have had only one player in the lineup considered a fighter whether it be Brandon Bollig or Daniel Carcillo so the addition of Dejardins looks to be a player designed for a St. Louis Blues series.
That being said it looks like Dejardins will NOT be making his debut with the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night when the Hawks take on the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center because Joel Quenneville is still an old school coach when it comes to winning and his lineup game in and game out. One thing Quenneville likes is sticking to his lineup when the Hawks win and play well which means a probable start for Teuvo Teravainen on the third line with Brad Richards and Bryan Bickell.
The Blackhawks took to the ice on Monday night and I really thought for the first time in many many games that all four lines played well and looked good. Of course their were some mistakes like Anotine Vermette’s blind pass to the slot that set up a Hurricanes scoring chance, and to be honest the one thing for Teuvo to work on his back hand clearing attempts which have been rather weak and not able to clear the zone.
Without the negative the lines were very balanced with each line getting plenty of scoring chances and on a night of thoughts without Patrick Kane for the rest of the season setting in the Captain and Brandon Saad both scored their 20th goals of the season.
I kept my on Teuvo the entire night though and his comfort level as Stan Bowman said his press conference is growing each game and you can see his huge skill level. Teuvo may never explode this year in goals and assists but you can see the future and it’s very bright but needs some time just like Brandon Saad needed time to get his bearings his first season before the goals and points started to add up.
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The Hawks won so Teuvo who didn’t expect to start at the morning skate on Monday should be in the lineup on Friday night against a team in the Edmonton Oilers that aren’t playing good hockey and giving up goals in the bunches night in and night out so it will be a good night for the Hawks new lines to bond some more and another chance for Teuvo to add to his point total.
Do you want to see Dejardins debut or is giving Tuevo and the Monday night lineup the right choice?
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