The Blackhawks had plenty of opportunities, firing 38 shots on goal, but only beat Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen once in a 2-1 loss. Nick Leddy scored the only Hawks goal. Corey Crawford saved 31 of 33 shots.
Blackhawks rookie Brandon Saad will have his parents in attendance tonight as the winger makes his NHL debut against the Stars. Plus, Joel Quenneville is 'optimistic' that Dave Bolland will play Saturday.
The countdown is on and the optimism in the Blackhawks locker room is running high. Starting with the captain, these Hawks believe another Stanley Cup championship is well within reach.
Dave Bolland upper body injury and Ben Smith concussion will not play in the Blackhawks' season opener Friday. As a result, the team recalled Brandon Pirri from the Icehogs.
What was just a preseason experiment has become a regular season reality. Patrick Kane will move from his normal right wing position to center. Is he ready for the increased responsibility?
Dave Bolland skated but may not be ready, and Ben Smith has yet to be cleared for contact as the Blackhawks prepare to open the season vs. the Dallas Stars Friday night.
At 18, Brandon Saad wasn't expected to start alongside Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp on opening night against Dallas. But the rookie's fine play emphatically earned him a spot on the team after training camp.
Patrick Sharp will be in the starting lineup alongside Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad on the first line when the Blackhawks take on the Dallas Stars Friday night. Dave Bolland and Ben Smith also may play.
Eighteen-year-old Brandon Saad catapulted his strong preseason into an entry-level deal with the Blackhawks Tuesday and will start on the first line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp during Friday's regular season opener.