The Blackhawks had one of their highest-scoring games a few nights ago against the Columbus Blue Jackets. While it was fun watching the team score five goals, seeing them still lose in that high scoring of a game is not a recipe for success.
Atkinson, Roslevic, Jenner, Del Zotto, and Stenlund are the players that scored goals on the ‘Hawks last game. While the special teams have been a strength of the Blackhawks in the past, last game it was one of the team’s biggest weaknesses, giving up two power-play goals and a short-handed goal.
Tonight the Blackhawks need to get back on track. After a nice long win streak, it was expected that the Blackhawks would falter at some point, even though it was a back and forth game the ‘Hawks stuck with it until the clock ran out. Now they just need to be more defensively sound.
The Blackhawks lineup could look a little different tonight with some players appearing to be back and ready to go. While the team does need to work Boqvist and Wallmark back into the lineup, I hope the team keeps letting players like Highmore and Kurashev play in the games. Why not give Carl Soderberg or a different older player take a night off and see where someone like Reese Johnson is at with the spot that is opened up?
Line combinations for the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets:
Alex DeBrincat – Pius Suter – Patrick Kane
Mattias Janmark – Dylan Strome – Dominik Kubalik
Brandon Hagel – Carl Soderberg – Philipp Kurashev
Matthew Highmore – David Kampf – ???
Duncan Keith – Ian Mitchell
Calvin de Haan – Lucas Carlsson
Nikita Zadorov / Nicolas Beaudin / Madison Bowey
Patrik Laine – Jack Roslovic – Cam Atkinson
Max Domi – Kevin Stenlund – Oliver Bjorkstrand
Mikhail Grigorenko – Boone Jenner – Alexandre Texier
Eric Robinson – Riley Nash – Nick Foligno
Vladislav Gavirkov – Seth Jones
Scott Harrington – David Savard
Michael Del Zotto – Andrew Peeke
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Opponent: Columbus Blue Jackets
Point Leader: Oliver Bjorkstrand (4 Goals 12 Assists)
Time: 7:00 PM Central
Where: United Center
TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago
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