Preview/Game Thread: Blackhawks vs Panthers

  

Chicago Blackhawks (8–10–5) at Florida Panthers (8–9–3)

6:00 p.m. CST / 7:00 p.m. EST
BB&T Center
TV/Radio: NBCSCH/WGN


PROJECTED STARTERS

Chicago Cam Ward (3–2–4, SV%: .891 GAA: 3.81)
Florida James Reimer (3– 5 –1, SV% .896, GAA 3.27)

 

TEAM STATISTICS

Power Play
Chicago (13.0%, 30th)
Florida (25.3%, 7th)

Penalty Kill
Chicago (75.4%, 24th)

Florida (74.2%, 29th)

Shorts for/against
Chicago (32.7, T-8th; 32.9, 26th)
Florida (35.5, 2nd; 30.7, T-8th)

Shooting %
Chicago (8.0%, T-26th)
Florida (9.0%, T-24th)

Faceoff %
Chicago (50.1%,17th)
Florida (50.3%, 15th)

Avg. height/weight
Chicago 6’1”, 195lbs
Florida 6’1” 200lbs

 

PROJECTED LINES/PAIRINGS

Chicago Blackhawks

Brandon SaadJonathan ToewsPatrick Kane
Nick SchmaltzArtem AnisimovAlex DeBrincat
Alexandre FortinDavid KampfDominik Kahun
Chris KunitzMarcus KrugerLuke Johnson
Duncan KeithGustav Forsling
Erik GustafssonBrent Seabrook
Henri JokiharjuJan Rutta

Florida Panthers

Evgeni DadonovAleksander BarkovMike Hoffman
Jonathan HuberdeauNick BjugstadDenis Malgin
Frank VatranoJared McCannTroy Brouwer
Dryden HuntJuho LammikkoColton Sceviour
Mike MathesonAaron Ekblad
Keith YandleMark Pysyk
Bogdan KiselevichMacKenzie Weegar

 

Analysis

The Blackhawks have given up a goal in the first minute of the past two games. This team cannot play from behind. A better start is needed.

Chicago takes on the Florida Panthers, tonight, after losing to the Lightning 4–2 yesterday. Florida lost to Carolina, on the road, 4–1.

Goaltender Roberto Luongo left the game in the first period, for Florida, with a lower body injury and did not return. Expect James Reimer in net.

Since Jeremy Colliton took over, the Hawks have collected 6 out of a possible 16 points. As the schedule heats up over the next three weeks, the road does not get any easier for the Blackhawks. Tonight’s two points are a must if the Hawks hope to stay afloat in the Western Conference.

With that being said, is it time for Chicago to start shooting for a top 5 pick in next year’s draft? It’s becoming clear, as currently constructed, this team lacks the playoff talent management is selling.

Comment below in our live game thread tonight!

And look for the internet’s most robust recap of the game tomorrow morning on the-rink.com. 

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  • #10301
    Ray Napientek
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    Chicago Blackhawks (8–10–5) at Florida Panthers (8–9–3) 6:00 p.m. CST / 7:00 p.m. EST BB&T Center TV/Radio: NBCSCH/WGN PROJECTED STARTERS Chicago
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    #10304
    Alan Parsons
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    Colliton is in way over his head.   This team is bad.   They are getting pantsed in all three zones.   It is painful to watch.  The defense sucks.  The bottom 3 lines suck ass. This isnt a good team.  It’s incredible how far they have fallen this season.

    #10306
    Under Qs moustache
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    Florida is where they are in the standings for good reasons. The Hawks pulled off a miracle, as they scored with time running out and then won it in OT with a wicked shot from Gus past a screened Reimer. Some basic hockey, hard work coming back 2x’s from a 2 goal deficit, and a little puck luck (finally).

    Saad was the player of the game, with honorable mentions to Kane, Toews, Keith, Fortin, Gus, and Manning. A team victory against a team more confused than the Hawks at this point.

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