Blackhawks' best look to keep rolling in Dallas

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Blackhawks' best look to keep rolling in Dallas

DALLAS Dallas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan sees the Chicago Blackhawks lineup and the threats among it. There are a few.

We see their big guys are their best players, Gulutzan said after the Stars morning skate. And thats dangerous, because there are a lot of them.

The Blackhawks will be looking to get more out of their best and everyone else when they take on the Stars tonight at the American Airlines Center. For the Blackhawks, yes, the best have indeed been that. But a team effort has gotten them off to a 3-0-0 start.

Thats the biggest reason for our success: a lot of depth, a lot of contributions from everywhere, Patrick Kane said. One of the things about the core group is they want to be the guys to help carry the team. From the top players, thats where it starts, and the rest of the guys are following. But its not just the top guys in here. Everyones going. So Id say thats the scariest part.

Coach Joel Quenneville has been happy with the four-line aspect.

Were getting good contributions across the board, he said. When your best are your best, youre going to be OK. We have balance in four lines.

The Stars are off to a good start themselves, with just one loss to the Minnesota Wild thus far. The Stars have gotten most of their production from their most veteran guys, 40-year-olds Ray Whitney (1-2-3) and Jaromir Jagr (2-2-4).

Corey Crawford gets the start for the Blackhawks, Kari Lehtonen for the Stars. There are likely to be any other lineup changes for the Blackhawks. Michal Rozsival looks to stay in among the defenseman. Jamal Mayers will be a healthy scratch again. The veteran brought a great physical edge to the Blackhawks when he signed on with them last season, and you can never have enough of that presence. But Quenneville said Mayers will get back into the lineup at some point.

Everybodys going to play and things change quickly, he said. We like his experience, the leadership qualities and he brings intensity. What he brings to our team is valuable. Whether hes playing or not, hes an important piece to our team. But Jammers going to get in here before you know it.

Blackhawks announce plans for NHL Draft Fan Fest

Blackhawks announce plans for NHL Draft Fan Fest

With exactly a month to go until Chicago hosts the 2017 NHL Draft for the first time ever, the Blackhawks and league announced Wednesday their plans for Fan Fest held outside the United Center on June 23 and 24.

A handful of Blackhawks players and alumni will be in attendance and made available for photo opportunities, as will the Stanley Cup. Fans will also be able to explore the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, "a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, one-of-a-kind historical memorabilia, unique photo moments and a social media wall," according to the press release.

A full list of activities, special guest appearances and schedule will be posted at a later date.

Friday's events will run from 3 to 9 p.m. while Saturday's festivites will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Parking Lot C, north of the United Center.

Additional passes for the weekend will be made available to the public starting June 9. For more information, visit chicagoblackhawks.com/fanfest.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Vinnie Hinostroza talks rookie season and new wrinkle to offseason training

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Vinnie Hinostroza talks rookie season and new wrinkle to offseason training

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, forward Vinnie Hinostroza joins Pat Boyle and evaluates his rookie season, tells us how he has added MMA and Ju-jitsu to his offseason training and is he going to room with Ryan Hartman next season?

Plus, Tracey Myers joins Pat to discuss Patrick Kane’s first interview this offseason, the latest on the Blackhawks coaching moves and tournament fall-out for Artemi Panarin, Marcus Kruger and Alex DeBrincat.

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below.