Blackhawks Weekly Preview: Ducks, Bruins, and Senators — March 7-13

The Blackhawks will play host to the Anaheim Ducks for the second time this season, before they hit the road for a pair of contests with the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators later this week. Hopefully the birthday-boy, Dylan Strome, can pick up where he left off last week scoring five points in three nights!

Puck Drops and Broadcast Info

•   Blackhawks vs. Ducks— Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. CT
Radio: WGN 720 AM

•   Blackhawks at Bruins — Thursday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m. CT
Radio: WGN 720 AM

•   Blackhawks at Senators — Sunday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. CT
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Blackhawks Expected Lines

Blackhawks (20-28-8, 48 points)

Kubalík – Strome – Kane
DeBrincat – Toews – Johnson
Hagel Dach Entwistle
Kurashev – Carpenter – Lafferty

de Haan – S. Jones
C. Jones – Murphy
Stillman – McCabe


Blackhawks Injury Report

Reese Johnson (IR – Collarbone)
Jujhar Khaira (IR – Back)

Blackhawks Tale of the Tape

20.2% (18th)

76.2% (25th)

48.3% (22nd)

Goals Per Game
2.47 (30th)

Goals Against Per Game
3.44 (25th)

Top Scorers

Patrick Kane: 58 PTS (18 G, 40 A)6
Alex DeBrincat: 49 PTS (32 G, 17 A)
Seth Jones: 36 PTS (3 G, 33 A)

Meet the Opponents

Anaheim Ducks (26-22-9, 61 points)

•   Powerplay: 25.0% (6th)
•   Penalty-Kill: 83.0% (8th)
•   Faceoffs: 48.8% (19th)
•   Goals Per Game: 2.90 (21st)
•   Goals Against Per Game: 3.02 (18th)
•   Top Scorers: Troy Terry – 49 points (28 G, 21 A), Trevor Zegras- 42 points (15 G, 27 A), Cam Fowler – 3 points (6 G, 25 A)

Projected Lines

Henrique – Steel – Terry
Milano – Zegras – Rakell
Comtois Lundestrom Silfverberg
Deslauriers – Carrick – Grant

Lindholm – Drysdale
Mahura – Fowler
Benoit – Shattenkirk


Injury Report

Ryan Getzlaf (Day-to-Day – Lower Body)
John Gibson (Day-to-Day – Upper Body)
Isac Lundestrom (Day-to-Day – Lower Body)
Josh Manson (IR – Finger)
Max Jones (IR – Pectoral)
Ryan Kesler (IR – Hip)

Boston Bruins (34-18-4, 72 points)

•   Powerplay: 24.5% (7th)
•   Penalty-Kill: 81.0% (11th)
•   Faceoffs: 53.7% (5th)
•   Goals Per Game: 3.02 (16th)
•   Goals Against Per Game: 2.68 (5th)
•   Top Scorers: David Pastrnak – 57 points (31 G, 26 A), Brad Marchand – 56 points (23 G, 33 A), Patrice Bergeron – 42 points (16 G, 26 A)

Projected Lines

Marchand – Bergeron – Debrusk
Hall – Haula – Pastrnak
Frederic Coyle Smith
Foligno – Nosek – Lazar

Reilly – McAvoy
Grzelcyk – Carlo
Forbort – Clifton


Injury Report

Urho Vaakinainen (IR – Undisclosed)
Matt Grzelcyk (Day-to-Day – Upper Body)

Ottawa Senators (19-30-5, 43 points)

•   Powerplay: 16.9% (26th)
•   Penalty-Kill: 80.1% (14th)
•   Faceoffs: 48.4% (21st)
•   Goals Per Game: 2.58 (25th)
•   Goals Against Per Game: 3.24 (23rd)
•   Top Scorers: Brady Tkachuk – 39 points (18 G, 21 A), Drake Batherson – 34 points (13 G, 21 A), Thomas Chabot – 31 points (5 G, 26A)

Projected Lines

Tkachuk – Norris – C. Brown
Formenton – Stüzle – Gaudette
Paul White Sanford
Kelly – Gambrell – Watson

Chabot – Zub
Holden – Zaitsev
Brannstrom – J. Brown


Injury Report

Drake Batherson (IR – Ankle)
Shane Pinto (IR – Shoulder)


•   Alex DeBrincat has three goals in his last three games and 32 on the season. DeBrincat’s 32 goals mark the third time in his five seasons with the Blackhawks that he’s scored 30 or more goals in a single season. The 24-year-old winger also has 17 assists on the year. DeBrincat needs just one point to log the third 50-plus point season of his career.

•  Patrick Kane has logged nine points in his last five contests (5G, 4A), and his linemate Dylan Strome has five points in his previous three games (3G, 2A).

•  The Boston Bruins pose the biggest challenge for the Chicago Blackhawks this week. A 70-point team with a pair of 50-point scorers entering this week, the Bruins have one of the best power-play units in the league while the Blackhawks are the 25th ranked penalty kill unit.

•   The Blackhawks will see their old friend, Adam Gaudette, when they play the Senators on Saturday evening. Gaudette was claimed by Ottawa on waivers on November 27 and has logged 12 points (4G, 8A) in 26 games with the Senators.

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Patrick is the Lead NFL Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.

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