Even though the Chicago Blackhawks are not expected to win tonight’s game, the game still does need to be played. Chicago could surprise everyone against the top-seeded Carolina Hurricanes tonight.
The Blackhawks and Hurricanes last played on April 1st when Carolina beat Chicago 4-3. Out of every opponent, the Hawks have played the Hurricanes the last thus far and now they get to make up for it with three straight games against each other.
Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, this game still means something for the Canes. Carolina is looking to take home the Presidents Trophy for the first time in team history. It is hard to pinpoint which division is the toughest this season, but the argument can be made that the Lightning/Panthers/Hurricane combo is pretty tough.
If there is any time a team would like to be number one over number two to guarantee a matchup against a team like Nashville or Dallas that time is now. The Hawks are 2-2-1 against Carolina this season with a goal-against-average of 3.6. For a team that has struggled defensively, that is not too bad.
Carolina is one of the top teams in the league. For a shortened season, they are having a pretty good run – just not the best ever. There are very few stats that Carolina is not leading in, so Chicago is going to have to hunker down and show what they are made of tonight. Otherwise, we are in for a tough week.
Projected lines for the Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes:
Alex DeBrincat — Kirby Dach — Brandon Hagel
Vinnie Hinostroza — Philipp Kurashev — Patrick Kane
Dominik Kubalik — Dylan Strome — Adam Gaudette
Mike Hardman — Pius Suter — David Kampf
Nikita Zadorov — Connor Murphy
Duncan Keith — Wyatt Kalynuk
Nicolas Beaudin — Ian Mitchell
Andrei Svechnikov — Sebastian Aho — Teuvo Teravainen
Nino Niederreiter — Vincent Trocheck — Martin Necas
Warren Foegele — Jordan Staal — Jesper Fast
Max McCormick — Steven Lorentz — Morgan Geekie
Jaccob Slavin — Dougie Hamilton
Jake Bean — Brett Pesce
Brady Skjei — Jani Hakanpaa
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Lineups via NHL.com
Game 52 for the Blackhawks:
Time: 6:00 PM Central
Where: PNC Arena
TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago
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