Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin skating in training morning Blackhawks on Saturday, but what was different about this practice they all skate.
Last season, the two skated with Artem Anisimov on the Hawks second line to the eye-popping results. Kane won the Hart Trophy as MVP Panarin and the Calder Trophy as best rookie in the league.
But entering this season, the Hawks are splitting Kane Panarin and to create “balance” in the lineup, according to coach Joel Quenneville.
“It is definitely a thought process,” Quenneville said. “We say ‘Let’s take a look at the camp.” And maybe we can have a look or something different to think, at least, to enter the season with Johnny and Kaner is on lines different and having more balance on both lines. “
Quenneville, who has coached his first preseason game since the World Cup, said it was too early to draw conclusions, and the Hawks use the preseason to test different combinations of lines. One possibility is to have either Kane or Panarin play with center Jonathan Toews.
Quenneville also said he was hopeful Duncan Keith, who is rehabilitating a knee injury last season, could play in a preseason game before the regular season starts October 12