— Eric Lear (@BHTVeric) October 26, 2017
Alex DeBrincat has one point in his last six games and skated a season-low 11:30 in Vegas. Skating with veterans Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad would give him more offensive opportunities.
John Hayden has been headed in the opposite direction of DeBrincat. His ice time has increased in each of the last three games and his short-handed goal was the only spark the Blackhawks had offensively for 55 minutes in Vegas. He’s been consistently physical and has certainly earned a role with more offensive potential.
Richard Panik getting bumped up/down (depending on how you view the Hawks’ lines) to skate with Patrick Kane and Nick Schmaltz doesn’t take much away from his offensive opportunities but bumps down Ryan Hartman, who has struggled lately and has been the target of opponents’ cheap shots recently as well.
It appears Q is mixing his defensive pairs as well:
Blackhawks defenseman pairings
— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) October 26, 2017