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.
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.