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Game 32 Preview And Open Thread: Blackhawks vs. Panthers

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Puck Drop: Dec. 16, 6:00 PM CST


Chicago Blackhawks
Record: 15-14-2
Points: 32
Place: 4th in Central, 12th in Western Conference
Power Play Percentage/Rank: 18.6%, 13th in NHL
Penalty Kill Percentage/Rank: 84.6%, 8th in NHL
Blackhawks Team Statistics

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Florida Panthers
Record: 14-16-2
Points: 30
Place: 3rd in Southeast, 13th in Eastern Conference
Power Play Percentage/Rank: 21.6%, 5th in NHL
Penalty Kill Percentage/Rank: 81.8%, 17th in NHL
Panthers Team Statistics

Second game of a back-to-back situation tonight, and I would guess the Blackhawks didn't get in until fairly late today, as there was snow in both Buffalo and Chicago last night which probably delayed things quite a bit. Patrick Lalime will be starting in goal for the 'Hawks.

The Panthers are another team the Blackhawks should be able to handle, as they have scored only 80 goals this season, which ranks them 26th offensively in the NHL. However, they have a strong power play, so it will be important for the Hawks to stay out of the penalty box tonight. If they can capitalize on scoring chances, and score on their own PP opportunities, it shouldn't be a very tough game tonight for Chicago.