Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks travel to St. Louis tonight for NBCSN’s Rivalry night, and usually everyone questions how the night’s game is a rivalry. Tonight on the other hand is a true Central Divisional rivalry.
The Chicago Blackhawks looked like they were shot out of a cannon to start the season against Pittsburgh, but they lost Nick Schmaltz on both opening night, and then on his first shift in the 2nd game Schmaltz left and never returned.
Tonight, the Hawks get their speed back with Schmaltz back in the lineup, so it will be fun to watch the fast Hawks once again.
Some people are questioning Joel Quenneville‘s current bottom line which was made up of Lance Bouman, Tommy Wingels, and John Hayden. For starters, it’s not a regular season in Chicago if we aren’t questioning a Coach Q line decision.
When I see this line, it seems like a perfect 4th line if you ask me. It’s three guys with a lot of grit that are going to throw their bodies around and try to forecheck very aggressively. The only problem with the lineup is that excludes Tanner Kero from the bottom line which means one of the Hawks best up and coming penalty killers won’t be on the ice, but it seems like Q likes Wingels on the P.K. as well.
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The Chicago Blackhawks will be playing for first place with the Blues only a point behind the Hawks early on this season. It’s always a fun night of hockey when the Hawks and Blue play especially on National TV.
Here are some morning links to start your Gameday!
The Blackhawks coaching staff mixed up the powerplay units before the Blues game (Tribune)
Eddie Olczyk will be back in the booth tonight (Committed Indians)
Which teams should come back to earth in the next week or two (Faxes From Uncle Dale)
Why the NHL might get rid of the All-Star Game (SB Nation)
Ranking the Best Surprises to start the NHL season (Bleacher Report)
The Central Division is living up to the hype as the toughest decision (Bleedin Blue)
The Dallas Stars need a big week this week to move up the standings (Blackout Dallas)
It’s early but the New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks need to wake up (Pro Hockey Talk)