The Chicago Blackhawks third game in the last week takes them north of the border for a second consecutive matchup with an Original Six rival–this time against the 0-0-1 Montreal Canadiens. Puck drops at 6pm.
Previously on Blackhawks Hockey:
Connor Bedard buried his first NHL goal but it would be the only goal the Blackhawks would get in a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins. Taylor Hall was injured in the second period and would return for just a shift before missing the remainder of the game.
“We need him shooting the puck for sure. It gives us another shot threat. Obviously, he’s got some great speed for the breakout. We’re looking for him to find some confidence and shoot that puck.”
Blackhawks head coach Luke Richardson on what he’s looking for out of Lukas Reichel on the powerplay
Blackhawks – Canadiens Look Back
The Hawks lost both meetings with Montreal last season, dropping one in overtime and being outscored 7-2 in the pair of games. The Canadiens are also in a rebuild, looking for some positive strides in what is a tough Atlantic Division with up and coming teams as well as the mainstay powers of Tampa Bay, Boston, Toronto, and defending Eastern Conference champion Florida.
The Canadiens dropped their opener to the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5 in a shootout.
#Blackhawks projected lineup vs. Canadiens:
Extras: Entwistle, Zaitsev
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Reichel going to the top power play is certainly the top draw in a game where the 1-1 Blackhawks can try to flip things back to winning ways. Also, how will Wyatt Kaiser respond after a tough second game?
Best Case/Worst Case/Final Answer
Best Case – Reichel flourishes on the man advantage with Bedard as a linemate, finding some synergy and a goal or two for the unit
Worst Case – The Blackhawks netminding regresses a bit and they struggle to generate any offense
Final Answer: Blackhawks pick up a close win