Chicago Blackhawks: Opening Night Forward Lines

By Skylar Peters
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Apr 8, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Marko Dano (56) against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nationwide Arena. The Jackets won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Third Line

Bryan BickellTeuvo Teravainen – Marko Dano

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The Blackhawks’ third line should be an interesting conversation topic in the weeks ahead, with the ‘Hawks top six pretty well locked up. There are a few candidates for the left side on this line, but Bickell’s experience will likely be the reason why he starts the season in this position. Bickell had an awful year in 2014-15, and he basically has nowhere to go but up from here. If the Blackhawks are unable to move him, look for Joel Quenneville to show some trust in Bickell and give him a fairly good role to start the year. Dano will bring some excitement to the Blackhawks’ third line, and the combination of Dano with Teravainen has the opportunity to turn the Blackhawks’ 1-2 punch into a serious three-line threat. Teravainen finally has some solid playing time under his belt from last season’s playoffs, and with the top two centers locked up for the next five years, he should be prepared to get comfortable and settle in with this role.

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