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Marian Hossa's work ethic was a model for the second line last season.
Left Wing: Patrick Sharp
Center: Brandon Saad
Right Wing: Marian Hossa
Michal Handzus was a great second-line center during the playoffs, but with the trade of center Dave Bolland, the Blackhawks need to change this line up.
The two players who seem most likely to compete for the center spot are Brandon Saad and Brandon Pirri. Coach Joel Quenneville seems eager to give Saad a chance after the rookie showed he could play alongside Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.
Still, Pirri, the AHL's leading scorer last season, should provide some good competition for Saad.
Whoever is playing center should have no trouble playing with Sharp and Hossa.
2nd Defensive Pairing: Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya
It's hard to replace Swedish chemistry. Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya were great in the defensive zone.
With Hjalmarsson blocking 94 shots in the regular season and Oduya using his strength to push players out of the goal crease, the two Swedes complement each other's play well.
Backup Goaltender: Nikolai Khabibulin
After Corey Crawford posted stellar numbers in the regular season and postseason, there should be no question about Chicago's starting goaltender.