The Blackhawks held an intrasquad scrimmage at the United Center on Sunday night for a mini tune-up before their season opener on Wednesday against the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Team White defeated Team Red 8-2.
Here are 10 observations and takeaways from the scrimmage:
1. The Blackhawks were divided into two teams: Red and White. Head coach Jeremy Colliton and assistant coach Tomas Mitell were behind the bench for Team Red. Assistant coaches Marc Crawford and Sheldon Brookbank served as the coaches for Team White. Here's what the lines, pairings and goaltending tandems were for each team:
Team White lineup:
Matthew Highmore - David Kampf - Ryan Carpenter
Brandon Hagel - Philipp Kurashev - Michal Teply
John Quenneville - Reese Johnson - Cam Morrison
Matej Chalupa - Andrei Altybarmakyan
Calvin de Haan - Ian Mitchell
Wyatt Kalynuk - Alec Regula
Anton Lindholm - Lucas Carlsson
Team Red lineup:
Alex DeBrincat - Dylan Strome - Patrick Kane
Dominik Kubalik - Lucas Wallmark - Andrew Shaw
Mattias Janmark - Pius Suter - Brandon Pirri
Tim Soderlund - MacKenzie Entwistle - Michael Krutil
Duncan Keith - Connor Murphy
Nicolas Beaudin - Adam Boqvist
Nick Seeler - Chad Krys
2. The Highmore-Kampf-Carpenter line scored three goals for Team White, and were on the ice for four. Highmore had two and Kampf one. It was easily the most noticeable line of the night, and they went up against the DeBrincat-Strome-Kane trio.
3. Kurashev scored twice for Team White, who played with only 11 forwards. Kurashev centered the second line and also double-shifted occasionally on the fourth line with Altybarmakyan and Chalupa. Carlsson, Hagel and Quenneville scored the other three goals for Team White; DeBrincat and Pirri scored the two goals for Team Red.
4. Delia and Subban weren't tested too much, but both of them looked fine in 30 minutes of action. The only blemish came in the second period when Carlsson's shot from the point got past Delia, although there appeared to be a drive-by screen that took away his eyes. In total, Delia gave up two goals and Subban gave up one.
5. Tomkins replaced Delia at the midway mark of the second period while Lankinen did the same for Subban. Tomkins allowed two quick goals in the second period and four more in the third. Lankinen gave up only one goal.
6. The first power-play unit for Team Red was made up of DeBrincat, Kane, Shaw and Strome with Boqvist serving as the quarterback while Keith ran the point on the second unit that included Kubalik, Pirri, Suter and Wallmark. Team Red went 0-for-4 on the power play.
7. The power-play units for Team White were interesting, as it was very prospect-heavy. Kalynuk ran the point on the first unit that included Hagel, Kurashev, Regula and Teply; Mitchell ran the point on the second unit that included Altybarmakyan, Chalupa, Morrison and Quenneville.
8. Johnson and Seeler dropped the gloves at the 2:33 mark of the third period. Seeler gave Johnson a nice whack, which forced Johnson to drop his gloves. It took several seconds and some convincing from Johnson before Seeler eventually dropped his. They were jawing at each other afterward and exchanged verbal pleasantries in the penalty box, too.
9. Krutil, who was drafted in the fourth round (No. 110 overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft, is a defenseman but he played right wing in the first two periods of the scrimmage. He moved back to defense in the third period and was paired with Krys.
10. Kirby Dach (wrist) watched the scrimmage from a team suite in the 200 level. So did Evan Barratt, Brent Seabrook and Nikita Zadorov, all three of whom remain "unfit" to participate.