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Blackhawks Return To A Traditional 12 F, 6 D Lineup

The Chicago Blackhawks were back on the practice ice today as they prepare for tomorrow night’s game at the United Center versus the New York Rangers, their final skate at Johnny’s IceHouse West before moving into their new practice facility.

Joel Quenneville dressed seven defensemen against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday and based the results, he should never try that again. Quenneville went back to the traditional 12 forwards and six defensemen at today’s morning skate.

Here is how the lines looked this morning:

Brandon Saad – Jonathan Toews – Richard Panik

Nick Schmaltz – Artem Anisimov – Patrick Kane

Patrick Sharp – Tommy Wingels – Alex DeBrincat

Lance Bouma/John Hayden – Tanner Kero – Ryan Hartman

Duncan Keith – Cody Franson

Connor Murphy – Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling – Jan Rutta

Michal Kempny – Jordan Oesterle

Based on these rushes, it looks like John Hayden, Michal Kempny and Jordan Oesterle will be healthy scratches tomorrow night.

One thing that is frustrating is the usage of Alex DeBrincat. The rookie winger has three goals in the last two games and is forming a nice duo with Nick Schmaltz, yet he’s on a line with Tommy Wingels and Patrick Sharp. These are two guys who cannot keep up with him and cannot score. Makes little sense.

Image Credit: Chicago Sun-Times

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