Watch as the Blackhawks kick off their annual Circus Trip in Winnipeg tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com.
While you watch, look for...
1. Vinnie Hinostroza on the top line.
It's been a revolving door at the left wing spot on the first line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane that has included Richard Panik, Nick Schmaltz and, most recently, Ryan Hartman. Now it's Vinnie Hinostroza's turn with the big boys. Coach Joel Quenneville said he'd like to find some consistency there and for somebody to nail it down, so perhaps the speedy Bartlett native can hold down that position for the time being.
2. Watch out for the duo of Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele.
Laine and Scheifele have been one of the most dangerous tandems this year, with Laine leading the league in goals (11) and Scheifele leading the league in points (20). Scheifele was named the NHL's second star of the week after scoring three goals and three assists in four games, helping the Jets pick up seven out of a possible eight points. Meanwhile, Laine already has two hat tricks in his young professional career. They're fun to watch, except when you're playing them.
3. Can Marian Hossa continue his goal streak?
The ageless wonder has scored a goal in four straight games, and now has nine goals in 15 games this season. He's averaging a point per game and if he were to finish on that pace, it would be the first time he accomplishes that in a decade. It's still way early, but Hossa is proving that he's still got lots of hockey left in the tank.
4. Marko Dano making his mark.
The former Blackhawks prospect who was acquired from Columbus as part of the Brandon Saad deal in the 2015 offseason is trying to cement a roster spot on the Jets. After being called up less than two weeks ago, he's got three goals and an assist in seven games, and logged a season-high 17:48 of ice time in a 3-2 shootout win over Los Angeles on Sunday. He will surely have some extra juice when he faces his former team tonight.
5. Third period comebacks.
The Blackhawks and Jets have something in common: Both of them play their best hockey when their backs are up against the wall. The Jets have put together a handful of comebacks this season already, as have the Blackhawks, in large part because of their success in the third period. The Jets own the best goal differential in the final frame at plus-11 while the Blackhawks are tied for third at plus-9. Don't count either of these teams out, no matter what the score is.
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