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Blackhawks: Ehrhoff to make Blackhawks debut vs. Red Wings

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Blackhawks: Ehrhoff to make Blackhawks debut vs. Red Wings

DETROIT – Christian Ehrhoff will make his debut with his new team and Corey Crawford will start when the Blackhawks face the Detroit Red Wings tonight at Joe Louis Arena.

Ehrhoff, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on Friday, will play with Trevor van Riemsdyk tonight. It’s a chance at a fresh start for Ehrhoff.

“It’s a great opportunity with a great team, so I’m looking forward to it,” said Ehrhoff, who has gotten a few practices in with the Blackhawks heading into this game. “It’s a little bit of an adjustment, playing-wise, a different system. Coach [Joel Quenneville] has talked to me a lot and it’ll be a work in progress. But I have a pretty good idea what’s expect and go from there.”

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Meanwhile Dale Weise, who the Blackhawks got from the Montreal Canadiens on Friday, should meet the team in Detroit tonight. Quenneville said Weise will not play against the Red Wings but there’s “a very good chance” Weise faces the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

The Blackhawks enter tonight’s game sitting atop the Central Division with 83 points – the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues also have 83 points, but the Blackhawks have the most regulation/overtime victories (38). It’s going to be an interesting stretch run.

“You’re watching,” Quenneville said of the standings. “You’re looking at the schedule, their games and obviously keeping a close eye, not just onthose teams but the whole division and conference, basically the whole league. There are big games every night: last night, big game in Nashville and tonight, big game in Detroit.”

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Blackhawks release 2018-19 schedule

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Blackhawks release 2018-19 schedule

Uncap those markers and start circling your calendars, Blackhawks fans. The 2018-19 season is officially out.

The Blackhawks will kick off their 91st campaign in franchise history with a road contest against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. The home opener is set for Oct. 7, with an Original Six matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 6 p.m.

The Blackhawks have 14 back-to-back games, and the longest road trip of the season is three, which takes place five times over the course of the season; the longest homestand is four games, from Dec. 12-18.

The biggest highlight of the season will be the Original Six Winter Classic Showdown between the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins on Jan. 1 at Notre Dame Stadium. It will be the sixth outdoor appearance for Chicago, and fourth in the Winter Classic.

The Blackhawks will also square off with the defending champion Washington Capitals on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m., and welcome them to Chicago on Jan. 20, set for NBC's Game of the Week at 11:30 a.m.

Here's a look at the full schedule: