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Chicago Blackhawks: Three Player To Watch Tonight In St. Louis

By Keith Schultz
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The Chicago Blackhawks have had a lot of practices this week without any preseason games until tonight, so we will take a look at three players to watch tonight as the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Blues in St. Louis in their second to last preseason game. Before we look at those three Blackhawks to watch tonight, here is the roster for tonight’s game.

3. Garret Ross

Garret Ross is a poor man’s Andrew Shaw which probably hinders him with the Chicago Blackhawks, because with the addition of Ryan Garbutt and the re-signing of Andrew Desjardins the Blackhawks have a bunch of grinder, hard working, checking line players. The difference for Ross is that he’s a youthful grinder that in juniors had the ability to put pucks in the net on a scoring line (kind of sounds like Dave Bolland)

Ross has improved both seasons he’s played in Rockford and has impressed the Chicago Blackhawks brass enough to stick around camp until the very end, so he’s one of the players I will be watching tonight.

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2. Brandon Mashinter

Mashinter has been waived, cleared waivers, been sent to Rockford, and now he’s back with the team so that some of the veterans can miss tonight’s trip to St. Louis.

Of course Mashinter will not be in Chicago most likely when the season begins on October 7th, but I want to see what Mashinter brings to the table tonight after getting sent down. I fully expect at least once in the game that Mashinter will try to drop the gloves to prove to Joel Quenneville that he can be the enforcer that the teams usually carries on the squad from Daniel Carcillo to Brandon Bollig to John Scott.

1. Viktor Tikhonov

Tikhonov hasn’t been in the top 5 lines all week long at practice, yet tonight he will be in the lineup so I think he is the #1 player to watch tonight.  During the summer it was just assumed that Tikhonov would be on the team even if it was just to be Artemi Panarin’s companion and interpreter.

It seems like coach Q hasn’t liked his game since they left Notre Dame, so tonight is a huge stage for Tikhonov to show to Q and Stan Bowman that he has enough game to claim a roster spot before they have to figure out if he’s heading to Rockford or back to the KHL.

Who will you be watching tonight?

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