Blackhawks Weekly Preview: Ducks, Kings, and Golden Knights — March 21-27

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Blackhawks Weekly Preview: Ducks, Kings, and Golden Knights — March 21-27

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This week, the Blackhawks hit the road with back-to-back 9:00 pucks drops in California with the Ducks and Kings before wrapping things up with a Saturday afternoon visit to Sin City. With 19 games left this season, it’s time for the Blackhawks to take stock of their post-trade deadline roster. If you’re still watching along, pay close attention to players like Dylan Strome, Taylor Raddysh, Boris Katchouk, and the glut of defenseman down in Rockford that should get some run down the stretch.

I hope you’ve got your coffee ready for the next two nights; you’ll need it. I know I’ll need it!

Puck Drops and Broadcast Info

•   Blackhawks at Ducks — Wednesday, March 23 at 9:00 p.m. CT
TV: TNT
Radio: WGN 720 AM

•   Blackhawks at Kings — Thursday, March 24 at 9:00 p.m. CT
TV: ESPN+
Radio: WGN 720 AM

•   Blackhawks at Golden Knights — Saturday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m. CT
TV: ABC
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Blackhawks Expected Lines

Blackhawks (22-32-9, 53 points)

DeBrincat – Strome – Kane
Kubalík – Toews – Raddysh
Kurashev Dach Lafferty
Katchouk – R. Johnson – Entwistle

Stillman – S. Jones
de Haan – C. Jones
Vlasic – Gustafsson

Lankinen
Delia

Blackhawks Injury Report

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

Blackhawks Tale of the Tape

Powerplay
20.3% (15th)

Penalty-Kill
76.2% (24th)

Faceoffs
48.6% (21st)

Goals Per Game
2.60 (27th)

Goals Against Per Game
3.44 (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

Anaheim Ducks (27-27-11, 65 points)

•   Powerplay: 23.5% (11th)
•   Penalty-Kill: 81.7% (10th)
•   Faceoffs: 48.8% (19th)
•   Goals Per Game: 2.80 (23rd)
•   Goals Against Per Game: 3.15 (21st)
•   Top Scorers: Troy Terry – 53 points (30 G, 23 A), Trevor Zegras – 46 points (16 G, 30 A), Cam Fowler – 34 points (7 G, 27 A)

Projected Lines

Grant – Zegras – Terry
Comtois – Henrique – Mayhew
Steel Lunderstrom Carrick
Lettieri – O’Regan – Robinson

Fowler – Drysdale
Benoit – Sustr
Mahura – Shattenkirk

Gibson
Stolarz

Injury Report

Jakob Silfverberg (IR – Leg)
Zach Aston-Reese (Day-to-Day – Illness)
Ryan Getzlaf (IR – Lower Body)
Max Jones (IR – Pectoral)

Los Angeles Kings (35-22-8, 78 points)

•   Powerplay: 15.9% (28th)
•   Penalty-Kill: 74.6% (27th)
•   Faceoffs: 53.1% (5th)
•   Goals Per Game: 2.85 (21st)
•   Goals Against Per Game: 2.77 (8th)
•   Top Scorers: Anze Kopitar – 54 points (16 G, 38 A), Trevor Moore – 40 points (12 G, 28 A), Adrian Kempe – 39 points (28 G, 11 A)

Projected Lines

Iafallo – Kopitar – Kempe
Moore – Danault – Kaliyev
Vilardi – Byfield – Kupari
Grundstrom – Lizotte – Andersson

Moverare – Durzi
Edler – Stecher
Maata – Spence

Quick
Petersen

Injury Report

Tobias Bjornfot (Day-to-Day – Undisclosed)
Drew Doughty (IR – Undisclosed)
Andreas Athanasiou (IR – Undisclosed)
Viktor Arvidsson (IR – Lower Body)
Matt Roy (IR – Lower Body)
Mikey Anderson (IR – Upper Body)
Dustin Brown (IR – Upper Body)
Brendan Lemieux (IR – Lower Body)
Sean Walker (LTIR – Knee)

Vegas Golden Knights (34-28-4, 72 points)

•   Powerplay: 18.1% (26th)
•   Penalty-Kill: 78.7% (17th)
•   Faceoffs: 49.1% (18th)
•   Goals Per Game: 3.05 (16th)
•   Goals Against Per Game: 3.03 (16th)
•   Top Scorers: Jonathan Marchessault – 48 points (25 G, 23 A), Chandler Stephenson – 46 points (15 G, 31 A), Adrian Kempe- 39 points (28 G, 11 A)

Projected Lines

Karlsson – Eichel – Marchessault
Carrier – Stephenson – Roy
Janmark Patrick Kolesar
Leschyshyn – Howden – Rondbjerg

Theodore – Coghlan
Hutton – Pietrangelo
Hayes – Pachal

Thompson
Brossoit

Injury Report

Nicolas Hague (Day-to-Day – Undisclosed)
Alec Martinez (IR – Face)
Brayden McNabb (IR – Arm)
Robin Lehner (IR – Lower Body)
Reilly Smith (IR – Knee)
Max Pacioretty (IR – Undisclosed)
Michael Amadio (COVID-19)
Zach Whitecloud (COVID-19)
Mark Stone (IR – Back)
Jake Bischoff (IR – Undisclosed)
Ryan Kesler (LTIR – Hip)

One-Timers

•  Dylan Strome is still in the Blackhawks’ plans for the time being after a red-hot two months. But, Strome’s future isn’t yet clear, and staying hot and finishing this season strong will be necessary for Strome and the Blackhawks. Strome has 25 points in his last 24 games (14 goals, 11 assists) and is shooting a sizzling 24.1 percent in that span.

•  Patrick Kane’s recent scoring wave has him at 71 points, marking his 10th season with 70-plus points. Kane has logged 70-plus points in six of the last seven seasons, missing that threshold by four points last year in the shortened (56 games) season.

•   The Blackhawks have had the Ducks’ number this season (including an 8-3 thrashing at the United Center earlier this month), but Anaheim is a tough team to beat on the road even though they too had a sizeable veteran sell-off at the trade deadline.

•   Kevin Lankinen is expected to get the lion’s share of starts in these final 19 games of the season before he becomes a UFA after the season. Lankinen has struggled much of the season with a 3.51 GAA in 15 starts, but he looked strong in a losing effort against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday afternoon.



Author: Patrick K. Flowers

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