Blackhawks Weekly Preview: Bruins, Wild, and Jets — March 14-20

The Chicago Blackhawks are back in action tonight, kicking off a three-game slate of action this week, the final three games before the March 21 trade deadline. This will be the final three games for Kyle Davidson and his front office to evaluate their current talent on the roster and possibly the last times we see certain players skate in a Blackhawks’ sweater.

The week kicks off with a rematch of last week’s heartbreak against the Bruins tonight at the United Center.

Puck Drops and Broadcast Info

•   Blackhawks vs. Bruins — Tuesday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH
Radio: WGN 720 AM

•   Blackhawks at Wild — Saturday, March 19 at 1:00 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH
Radio: WGN 720 AM

•   Blackhawks vs. Jets — Sunday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH+
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Blackhawks Expected Lines

Blackhawks (22-30-8, 52 points)

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

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

Fleury
Lankinen

Blackhawks Injury Report

Connor Murphy (Concussion)
Tyler Johnson (Concussion)
Jujhar Khaira (IR – Back)

Blackhawks Tale of the Tape

Powerplay
20.4% (16th)

Penalty-Kill
75.6% (20th)

Faceoffs
48.5% (21st)

Goals Per Game
2.63 (27th)

Goals Against Per Game
3.43 (25th)

Top Scorers

Patrick Kane: 68 PTS (19 G, 49 A)
Alex DeBrincat: 55 PTS (34 G, 21 A)
Seth Jones: 39 PTS (3 G, 36 A)

Meet the Opponents

Boston Bruins (36-18-5, 77 points)

•   Powerplay: 25.0% (4th)
•   Penalty-Kill: 81.2% (11th)
•   Faceoffs: 53.5% (4th)
•   Goals Per Game: 3.02 (15th)
•   Goals Against Per Game: 2.68 (5th)
•   Top Scorers: David Pastrnak – 60 points (33 G, 27 A), Brad Marchand – 57 points (23 G, 34 A), Patrice Bergeron – 44 points (16 G, 28 A)

Projected Lines

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

Reilly – McAvoy
Grzelcyk – Carlo
Forbort – Clifton

Ullmark
Swayman

Injury Report

Urho Vaakinainen (IR – Undisclosed)
Jakub Zboril (IR – ACL)

Minnesota Wild (34-20-4, 72 points)

•   Powerplay: 19.9% (18th)
•   Penalty-Kill: 76.0% (24th)
•   Faceoffs: 47.1% (30th)
•   Goals Per Game: 3.67 (4th)
•   Goals Against Per Game: 3.26 (22nd)
•   Top Scorers: Kirill Kaprizov – 73 points (30 G, 43 A), Mats Zuccarello- 60 points (19 G, 41 A), Kevin Fiala – 54 points (20 G, 34 A)

Projected Lines

Kaprizov – Hartman – Zuccarello
Fiala – Gaudreau – Boldy
Greenway – Eriksson Ek – Foligno
Duhaime – Dewar – Bjugstad

Brodin – Dumba
Goligoski – Spurgeron
Merrill – Kulikov

Talbot
Kahkonen

Injury Report

None

Winnipeg Jets (27-23-10, 64 points)

•   Powerplay: 21.6% (13th)
•   Penalty-Kill: 76.8% (21st)
•   Faceoffs: 50.7% (13th)
•   Goals Per Game: 3.02 (16th)
•   Goals Against Per Game: 3.05 (17th)
•   Top Scorers: Kyle Connor – 69 points (33 G, 27 A), Mark Scheifele – 51 points (22 G, 29 A), Pierre-Luc Dubois – 47 points (24 G, 23 A)

Projected Lines

Stasny – Scheifele – Wheeler
Connor – Dubois – Ehlers
Harkins Lowry Svechnikov
Brooks – Toninato – Vesalainen

Morrissey – Demelo
Dillon – Pionk
Stanley – Schmidt

Hellebuyck
Comrie

Injury Report

Andrew Copp (Day-to-Day – Undisclosed)
Nathan Beaulieu (IR – Lower Body)
Dylan Samberg (IR – Upper Body)
Cole Perfetti (IR – Upper Body)
Bryan Little (LTIR – Concussion)

One-Timers

•  Patrick Kane has 10 points in his last three contests (1G, 9A), and his linemates Dylan Strome (6) and Alex DeBrincat (6) have a combined 12 points over their last three games. Strome has four goals and two assists, and DeBrincat has two goals and four assists.

•  Patrick Kane’s recent scoring wave has him at 68 points on the season. Kane needs just two points to record his 10th season with 70-plus points. Kane has logged 70-plus points in five of the last six seasons, missing that threshold by just four points last year in the shortened (56 games) season.

•   A rematch with the Boston Bruins looms this evening with the Blackhawks looking for revenge after dropping a heartbreaker to the Bruins at the TD Garden last week. Boston scored the game-winning goal with just 17 seconds left in the third period in that game. Brandon Hagel had two goals against the Bruins.

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Patrick grew up in Chicago's Bridgeport and Garfield Ridge neighborhoods before moving to the Western Suburbs of Chicago before eventually relocating to the Las Vegas area with his family in 2023. He started with Bleacher Nation in 2021 and has spent time as a Staff Writer and on the Chicago Blackhawks beat. He is currently a writer and editor at Bleacher Nation covering the Chicago Bears and the NFL at large and the author of the Bleacher Nation Newsletter. Patrick is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).

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