Marian Hossa joined the Blackhawks at practice on Friday, and the lines at practice may give us an idea of what they might look like on Opening Night next week.
Artemi Panarin – Jonathan Toews – Richard Panik
Tyler Motte – Artem Anisimov – Patrick Kane
Ryan Hartman – Marcus Kruger – Marian Hossa
Vince Hinostroza – Nick Schmaltz – Jordin Tootoo
The “fifth line” at practice was Alexandre Fortin – Andrew Desjardins – Mark McNeill.
Noticeably missing from line combinations: Brandon Mashinter and Dennis Rasmusssen. They skated at extras on Friday. Scott Powers wrote about the lineup on Thursday at The Athletic.
Q on line changes: “You look at [Anisimov], he centered a rookie of the year and an MVP. So you’re wondering why we do something like that.”
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) October 7, 2016
On Saturday night, Corey Crawford will draw the start and is expected to play the entire game. Duncan Keith will not play, but is reportedly ready to open the regular season. Niklas Hjalmarsson will miss the game (suspended).