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5 Chicago Blackhawks Questions For Second Half Of 2017-18

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CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 12: The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after defeating the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 at the United Center on January 12, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 12: The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after defeating the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 at the United Center on January 12, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 10: Artem Anisimov /

2. Will the return of Artem Anisimov spark the offense?

Artem Anisimov scored 13 goals before getting injured, and with the addition of Anthony Duclair to the lineup, one of the biggest questions we thought of is where does the big centerman fit in when he returns to the lineup.  Of course you start with where does he fit in when he returns, and I would assume it would be somewhere with No. 88.

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Anisimov knows his role with Patrick Kane, which is give him the puck and get to the front of the net and good things will happen.  I see a lot of Nick Schmaltz with Anisimov and Kane, which I really think is the best line to have out there right now with No. 88.

Of course, it’s hard to say what Quenneville will do with Duclair on the ice with his elite speed.  You could see him using Duclair with Anisimov, which to me is really an oil and vinegar combination.

There is the thought if and when Dylan Sikura arrives, the ‘Hawks could put Anisimov on the fourth line. This would give the ‘Hawks a lot of depth up the middle, but in the end I don’t see the big guy down there.  He’s been too valuable with Kane to be trying to muck up things on a bottom trio.

No matter where he ends up playing, I think he will help spark the offense because he gets the dirty goals, which have been missing since he’s been on IR.

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