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.
The Blackhawks say goodbye to Johnny’s IceHouse with a picture with the zamboni pic.twitter.com/FDrca7aFWR— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) November 14, 2017