Preview: Blackhawks Welcome Senators After Roster Freeze


The Chicago Blackhawks look to win six games in a row Tuesday as they’re set to face off with the Ottawa Senators at home. The Senators are coming off of back-to-back wins against the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders and are playing their third game in four nights. The Blackhawks are also coming off back-to-back wins, however. Following a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues and a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks, the Blackhawks are also looking to win their third game in four nights. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, NHL, Fantasy Hockey

This is the first time the Blackhawks and Senators will face off in the 2016-17 season. Both teams currently hold playoff spots as well with the Blackhawks sitting in first place in the Central Division – and the NHL, and the Senators holding the second spot in the Atlantic Division.

Both teams will be dealing with injuries and absences in net heading into the game. The entire hockey world knows about the situation involving Craig Anderson and his wife – which took a positive step forward as of late. Additionally, they lost Andrew Hammond to injury on Sunday, forcing the Senators to roll with Mike Condon and Matt O’Connor. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, are still without Corey Crawford for the time being.

Ottawa Senators at Chicago Blackhawks

United Center – 7:30 p.m. CT

Broadcast channels – CSN-CH, RDS

2016-17 Season Series: First Matchup of the Season

Ottawa Senators – 18-11-3 – 39 points

Away Record: 8-6-0

Hot Players: Bobby Ryan, Derick Brassard, Zack Smith

Key Injuries/Absences: Clarke MacArthur, Andrew Hammond, Craig Anderson

Projected lines:


Mike Hoffman-Derick Brassard-Mark Stone

Ryan Dzingle-Kyle Turris-Bobby Ryan

Zack Smith-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Tom Pyatt

Chris Kelly-Curtiz Lazar-Chris Neil



Mark Methot-Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf-Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki-Chris Wideman

Starting Goaltender:

Mike Condon

Chicago Blackhawks – 22-8-4 – 48 Points

Road Record: 13-2-3

Hot Players: Artemi Panarin, Marian Hossa, Vinnie Hinostroza

Key Injuries: Corey Crawford, Artem Anisimov

Projected lines:


Artemi Panarin-Jonathan Toews-Patrick Kane

Ryan Hartman-Vinnie Hinostroza-Marian Hossa

Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger -Richard Panik

Tyler Motte-Andrew Desjardins-Jordin Tootoo


Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson

Brian Campbell-Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling-Trevor van Riemsdyk

Starting Goaltender:

Scott Darling

Game Notes

[miptheme_dropcap style=”normal” color=”#222222″ background=””]1)[/miptheme_dropcap]The Chicago Blackhawks have won five straight games and will look to continue rolling following the roster freeze. Maintaining the top spot in the Central Division and the NHL is certainly a manageable goal for the Blackhawks as they head into the break from Dec. 24 until Dec. 26.

[miptheme_dropcap style=”normal” color=”#222222″ background=””]2)[/miptheme_dropcap]Both teams are playing their third game in four nights. While the Senators were able to win their back-to-back games against the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders, the Blackhawks’ will give them a much harder test, especially at the United Center.

[miptheme_dropcap style=”normal” color=”#222222″ background=””]3)[/miptheme_dropcap]Anisimov is out of the lineup once again Tuesday after suffering an injury against the St. Louis Blues. The Blackhawks will continue to use Toews between Panarin and Kane on their top line – which worked well in a 4-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.

[miptheme_dropcap style=”normal” color=”#222222″ background=””]4)[/miptheme_dropcap]Darling has done a good job manning the net for the Blackhawks in the absence of Crawford. While he struggled in two straight games last week, he recovered nicely against the Sharks and helped pull out the victory by holding the Sharks to just one goal on 34 shots. He will be starting in his 10th consecutive game tonight.

The Chicago Blackhawks currently hold the top spot in the NHL and would love to keep things that way heading into the break. If they intend on doing so, Tuesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators and Friday’s against the Colorado Avalanche will need to be similar to Sunday’s game against the Sharks. Four goals should be enough for any team to win a game. Similarly, one goal-against should be enough for a team to find a way to win as well. If they can continue to combine strong offense and stout goaltending heading into the break, Chicago should be able to maintain their top spot and breathe easy heading into the break.