The Blackhawks are back at it today in an early afternoon battle as they look to complete the season sweep of the Florida Panthers and end the Moms trip on a happy note. Last Saturday, the Hawks picked up a 5-2 win against the Panthers, and it was a great response to the 8-1 butt kicking they received at the hands of the Arizona Coyotes. They also picked up a great win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, a game in which Bedard finally broke through, and we got a great look at what the rookie is capable of. The Hawks have struggled to put together back-to-back good performances this season, so it will be interesting to see what version of this team shows up tonight.
#Blackhawks lines at practice: Foligno-Bedard-Kurashev Reichel-Dickinson-Raddysh T. Johnson-Donato-Perry Katchouk-Entwistle-R. Johnson
The Hawks will be missing a few key pieces in this one as Athanasiou, Hall, and Tinordi will all be out of the lineup as they suffered injuries against Tampa on Thursday. Isaak Phillips was recalled from Rockford as Tinordi was placed on the IR with an oblique injury. Hall’s lower body injury doesn’t seem to be as significant as it appeared before he left, and while I have not seen many updates on Athanasiou, having them sit this one out and not play again until Thursday seems like the smart move. We already got a taste of what happens when a player rushes back into the lineup with Hall, and there’s just no reason to risk more serious injuries this year when there is nothing big on the line.
In net will be Arvid Soderblom; despite picking up the loss against New Jersey, he had a great bounceback game after two bad starts against the Coyotes and Knights. He stopped 37 of the 40 shots he faced and finished that game with a solid.925 SV%. He has come up with some big saves this season, and we are looking forward to seeing what kind of performance he puts out there today.
That’s going to be it from me. There's no Bears game today, so the Hawks should have all the attention with the noon start time. As always, let's go Hawks!