The Blackhawks travel to Pittsburgh tonight to take on the Penguins. Here's the roster for tonight:
Needless to say, it looks like offense will be at a premium tonight. It's hard to imagine there will be many goals scored.
With that in mind, here are a few guys to keep an eye on tonight:
Daniel Carcillo - This is "Car Bomb's" fist game as a Hawk. Look for him to mix it up, and drop the gloves. He wants to make an impression in his debut...and he will. Sadly, he might one of the Hawks biggest offensive threats tonight.
Brandon Saad - Saad has been the best Hawk prospect this entire offseason. He was excellent in the rookie tournament, excellent at the training camp festival, and one of the best forwards in preseason game one. If he keeps playing this way, it might be tough for the Hawks to send him down.
Brett McLean - McLean was a Blackhawk back in the day before smart people like you watched the Hawks. Dumb people like me were watching. He played 76 games for the Hawks in 2003-04, and contributed 31 points. He wasn't awful. In fact, he was one of the BETTER HAWKS on that roster. He won't make the team to start the season, but will be a top option for an injury call up. At this point, he's a vet and can provide decent depth to any NHL team.
Shawn Lalonde - Lalonde was a dark horse to make last year's team. Since then, the luster has seemed to wear off a little. It's a name you hear very little about from people in the organization, but he was quite close last season. He's a puck moving defenseman who can score a bit (32 points for Rockford last season), but needs to tighten up his defense. With Brian Campbell gone, and Steve Montador and Sean O'Donnell here, the Hawks may be looking for a puck mover. Lalonde should not be counted out...yet.
The Goalies - The battle for the backup job is still on. As I've said before, I think it's Ray Emery's job to lose, but so far, Alex Salak has been a little bit better. They'll split the game tonight.
Catch the game tonight at 6pm on NHL Network, or hear the radio call on WGN Radio.