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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 fourth line- Vinnie HinostrozaTommy WingelsJohn Hayden

Coach Q Fourth Line- Lance BoumaTommy WingelsTanner Kero

My fourth line still has speed, size, and skill.  I think Wingels starts at center on the bottom line either way, and is one of the Chicago Blackhawks Penalty Killers from day #1.  To me the bottom line is such a crapshoot right now because of the roster being so big right now, and the fact that Stan Bowman has so many guys that can play this role.

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I still want Hayden’s size on the team and Hinotroza’s speed on the team which is why I put them here even though there is a real good chance one if not both of these guys could still start the season in Rockford.  The Hawks got beat both ways in the opening round of this year’s playoffs which is why I like to see both in the lineup.

I see Bouma in Q’s lineup just for the fact that he’s going to hit people which according to Stan Bowman is how the Hawks have lost their identity which is a weird statement to make since the Hawks have been a puck dominant team for a decade now. I also see him putting Kero out there just to play on the Penalty Kill and to possibly take some key draws during the game.

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So there you have it? Which lines look closer to the opening night lines? It should be fun come October 5th to see how close I really come to Joel Quenneville‘s lines!

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