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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: It's time to be active in the change

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: It's time to be active in the change

Pat Boyle is joined by Charlie Roumeliotis, Scott King, Nick Gismondi, Slavko Bekovic and Tony Gill to discuss the George Floyd murder, the protests around the country and how to be an active participant in the change for equality for all.

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How Blackhawks rolled lines and pairings on Day 1 of training camp 2.0

How Blackhawks rolled lines and pairings on Day 1 of training camp 2.0

The Blackhawks released their training camp 2.0 roster on Monday morning ahead of Phase 3 and included 35 skaters: 18 forwards, 12 defensemen and five goaltenders. The NHL regulars skated in the first group on Day 1 while the taxi squad skated in a second session.

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One of the big questions going into camp was what the line combinations would look like. And we got them.

Here is how head coach Jeremy Colliton rolled out his group after the team returned to the ice together for the first time in 124 days:

  • Line 1: Alex DeBrincat — Jonathan Toews — Brandon Saad
  • Line 2: Alex Nylander — Dylan Strome — Patrick Kane
  • Line 3: Dominik Kubalik — Kirby Dach — Drake Caggiula
  • Line 4: Ryan Carpenter — David Kampf — Matthew Highmore
     
  • Defensemen pairing 1: Duncan Keith — Adam Boqvist
  • Defensemen pairing 2: Calvin de Haan — Connor Murphy
  • Defensemen pairing 3: Olli Maatta — Slater Koekkoek
  • Defensemen pairing 4: Lucas Carlsson — Brent Seabrook


The line combinations were very similar to what they were on March 11, which was the Blackhawks' final game before the league put its season on pause due to the COVID-19 crisis. The only change came on the third line, where Caggiula swapped back in for Hagel after being sidelined with a hand injury.

Collin Delia and Malcolm Subban served as the two goaltenders for the first group. Corey Crawford did not participate, although, as of this writing, it's unclear why.

Andrew Shaw (concussion) and Zack Smith (back) were not part of the training camp roster, but de Haan (right shoulder) and Seabrook (hips/shoulder) were and both appeared to be full participants.

Blackhawks release Phase 3 training camp roster for NHL's Return To Play

Blackhawks release Phase 3 training camp roster for NHL's Return To Play

On Monday, the Blackhawks released their Phase 3 training camp roster for the NHL's Return To Play program. 

 

Teams competing in the program's 24-team playoffs began training camp on Monday.

Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford headline the Hawks' camp roster. Seabrook hasn't played since December 15 after having surgeries on his right shoulder and both hips.

Defenseman Calvin de Haan was also on the roster after having shoulder surgery in December. Forwards Andrew Shaw (concussion) and Zack Smith (back) were not on the roster. 

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Blackhawks rookie Dominik Kubalik, who scored 30 goals before the NHL paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 12, was also included among the camp attendees. 

In the NHL's postseason tournament, the Blackhawks, who were at No. 12 in the Western Conference at the time of the pause, will face the No. 5 Oilers starting Aug. 1 at Edmonton in a best-of-five qualifying round.

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Western Conference teams will head to Edmonton's ICE District hub to prepare for the postseason tournament on July 26.

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