So how does this opening night lineup actually look?
Press box: Desjardins, Mashinter/Hartman
Now, is this lineup optimal? Absolutely not. I think the Blackhawks can do better based on who is left on the camp roster. But based on watching Q create lineups since 2008, this is what I think he’s most likely to roll with against St. Louis.
It may not last past that one game, or it may last a while depending on the team’s level of success that day. The forwards are a work in progress, and this is just Step 1 — at least in my estimation.