After three straight wins against the Sharks, Red Wings and Kraken, it gets real this week for the Blackhawks. Those three teams have a long climb if they hope to make the playoffs this year (or in the future). Tonight, the Blackhawks welcome the Florida Panthers to the United Center. They have a new head coach — some people call him (Paul) Maurice — who Hawks fans know well from his long tenure in Winnipeg and a few new faces on the ice but the core remains from last year’s Presidents’ Trophy winning team.
Puck Drop: 7:30 p.m. CT
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Radio: WGN 720 AM
Chicago Blackhawks (3-2-0)
Andreas Athanasiou — Max Domi — Patrick Kane
Tyler Johnson — Jonathan Toews — Taylor Raddysh
Philipp Kurashev — Jason Dickinson — Sam Lafferty
Jujhar Khaira — MacKenzie Entwistle — Colin Blackwell
Jack Johnson — Seth Jones
Jarred Tinordi — Connor Murphy
Jake McCabe — Caleb Jones
Florida Panthers (4-1-1)
Petr Mrazek won’t play this week (he’s on IR). It looks like Boris Katchouk is close to returning.
Aaron Ekblad is out (LTIR) and former Blackhawks forward Anthony Duclair is also out (IR).