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11/3 Game Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim

By Jimmy Lynch
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Chicago Blackhawks players talk during the second period against the Los Angeles Kings at STAPLES Center on November 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NHLI via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Chicago Blackhawks players talk during the second period against the Los Angeles Kings at STAPLES Center on November 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Blackhawks are currently in the middle of a rough 4-game road trip.

The Chicago Blackhawks have lost the last two games against the Nashville Predators and the Los Angeles Kings. The Blackhawks played poorly in both games.

They were shut out by the Predators and did not deserve to be in OT against the Kings. Tonight, in Anaheim, is another opportunity to re-write this season.

Tonight, the Blackhawks face-off against the Anaheim Ducks, who are currently on a two-game win streak. Anaheim beat the Vancouver Canucks and the Winnipeg Jets in their last two games, with the game against Vancouver coming on Friday night. The Ducks are currently third in the Pacific Division, so they will be a tougher test than the Kings were last night.

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Anaheim is led by Jakob Silfverberg who has 12 points through the first 15 games on the season, and Ryan Getzlaf who has 10 points. The team also counts on Adam Henrique who has 8 goals this season. History shows that when Henrique scores, the Ducks win. 6 out of 9 wins this year for Anaheim has included goals by Henrique, so limiting him is important for the Blackhawks.

In net for the Blackhawks tonight will be Robin Lehner. Lehner has been the backbone of the Chicago Blackhawks so far this season and is a big reason for them only losing by 3 the other night in Nashville. I just hope that the offense can get things done tonight and give Lehner a win.

The defense might be playing a little short-handed tonight. Both Erik Gustafsson and Adam Boqvist are expected to play, according to Scott Power of The Athletic.

That is really going to hurt the Blackhawks’ defensive play but should help them offensively. Drake Caggiula is also back in the lineup tonight. Let’s hope that the team has the spark to win tonight against the Anaheim Ducks.

Chicago needs Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to be Toews and Kane. The two star players were invisible before showing up late in the 3rd period against the Kings last night.

If Chicago is going to win, it is going to be because of them. I would offer a long list of ways the Chicago Blackhawks can begin to fix their team, but I think it needs to start with them going out and scoring first.

This team is frustrated and the frustration is going to only get worse, if they fail to start on time. Let’s hope the Blackhawks can kick things off the right way tonight in Anaheim!

Game Logistics and Betting

Date: 11/3/19
Time: 7:00 Central Time
Where: Honda Center
TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago
Radio: 720 AM
Live Streaming: ESPN+
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