Blackhawks-Predators: Lines for Saturday’s Game

Brian Campbell will play next to Duncan Keith in the absence of Brent Seabook Saturday night.

Brian Campbell will play next to Duncan Keith in the absence of Brent Seabook Saturday night.

The Blackhawks will have to skate against last-place Nashville on Saturday night without two of their best players, captain Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook.

To accomodate the absence of Toews, the forwards will be lined up as follows:

Dustin Byfuglien - John Madden - Patrick Kane

Andrew Ladd – Dave Bolland – Kris Versteeg

Patrick Sharp - Andrew Ebbett - Troy Brouwer

Tomas Kopecky – Colin Fraser – Jake Dowell

With Seabrook not available, coach Joel Quenneville will start the defenders paired as follows:

Duncan Keith – Brent Sopel

Niklas Hjalmarsson - Brian Campbell

Cam Barker - Jordan Hendry

With Cristobal Huet in goal, the losses of Seabrook and Toews will test the young Hawks. Thankfully, Nashville is struggling as much as any team in the league.

POSTGAME UPDATE:

The only line that appeared to have any continuity on the ice on Saturday night was that of Madden, Byfuglien and Kane. Kane literally skated circles around the Predators on a number of occassions, and Byfuglien scored the first goal of the game; it ended up the game winning tally.

Ebbett played well in the circle and skated well with Sharp and Brouwer, but the line wasn’t able to get into the scoring column. They did, however, not take any cheap, stupid penalties in the game.

Huet played well in net, but didn’t get much help from his defense. The Blackhawks allowed 21 shots in the first two periods.

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