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.