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Chicago Blackhawks Line Combination Battles

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CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 06: Head coach Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks watches as his team takes on the Carolina Hurricanes at the United Center on January 6, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Hurricanes 2-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 06: Head coach Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks watches as his team takes on the Carolina Hurricanes at the United Center on January 6, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Hurricanes 2-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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My 2nd Line- Alex DeBrincat-Artem AnisimovPatrick Kane

Coach Q Prediction- Patrick SharpArtem AnisimovPatrick Kane

Alright, this is where we begin to separate in our ideas. The other combination I see playing out is Nick Schmaltz on the wing with Kane, but let’s go with these lines.

I’m a big believer in youth on the team, and I think DeBrincat is a sniper that could win the Calder Trophy if this was the opening night line that was thrown out there.

Anisimov is the perfect center for Kane which is one of the reasons I have a hard time believing that Stan Bowman would trade him.  He doesn’t need the puck to be effective, he knows to get his big frame in front of the net while Kane does his magic, and he digs pucks out of the corner.  He is weak on draws which was magnified in the Nashville series, but he really is the guy to play with Kane.

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With Sharp signing for one year cheap, I see Q putting him back with Kane for nostalgic purposes, and to be honest if Sharp is healthy this could be a pretty decent 2nd line.  Maybe not as explosive as it was with the Breadman, but a fun line to watch still.

If DeBrincat isn’t on this line on opening day, I don’t see there a way possible he breaks camp with the team for opening night.

What is your 2nd line?

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