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5 Chicago Blackhawks-New York Rangers Thoughts

By Brian Kinkade
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Sep 22, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) skates against Detroit Red Wings right wing Luke Glendening (41) during the third period at the United Center. Chicago won 5-4 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

1. Interesting line combinations for the ’Hawks

First and foremost, I am fully aware of coach Joel Quenneville’s line blender and realize that these lines could and probably will change at anytime during tonight’s game. However, they are worth mentioning.

Teuvo Teravainen joins the top line alongside Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. This line has lots of potential to be very dangerous.

Artemi Panarin will be making his highly-anticipated NHL debut on the second line which also features Anisimov and Kane. In theory, this line should be extremely dangerous. However, there are lots of questions.

Panarin has never played a regular-season NHL game in North America and will likely need to acclimate himself over some time. Anisimov is making his ’Hawks debut with players he’s never played with in the regular season, and then there are those questions dealing with Kane.

This is where things get weird.

Andrew Shaw is centering (sigh) the third line with Bryan Bickell and Kyle Baun. This looks like a thrown-together-at-the-last-minute line. It’s hard to know what to expect from this line, but just make sure those expectations don’t get too far off the ground.

As for the fourth line. The most underrated ’Hawk Marcus Kruger is centering Andrew Desjardins and newcomer Ryan Garbutt. This appears to be a well-assembled shutdown line.

This will all change at some point tonight, but this is where we are starting from.

Tons of questions for the ’Hawks tonight, but at least we will begin to get closer to the answers.

Go Hawks! And Go Cubs!

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