Blackhawks vs. Blues preseason game preview 2016: Chicago splits up Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin

Kane, Kruger, Panarin, Seabrook to make preseason debut.

The Chicago Blackhawks will look for their first goal of the preseason when they host the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night at the United Center.

The Hawks enter the contest 0-2 after back-to-back shutout losses to the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

When the Hawks take the ice, Artemi Panarin and Patrick Kane will be on separate lines. Kane will play on the top line alongside rookie Nick Schmaltz and Artem Anisimov, while Panarin will be at left wing on the second line with Richard Panik and center Vincent Hinostroza.

Kane scored 46 goals and 106 points to win the 2016 Art Ross and Hart Trophy, while Panarin was second on the team in points a season ago with 77 (30 goals, 47 assists) to claim the Calder Trophy as the league’s best rookie.

Scott Darling will start in net, while Mac Curruth is also available.

Blues are 3-1 in preseason

The Blues, by contrast, have scored 17 goals in four preseason games. They opened their schedule with back-to-back wins against Columbus before falling to Dallas. But their power play led them to a 4-1 win Friday in St. Louis.

St. Louis will be without forward Jaden Schwartz, who is sidelined for a month with an elbow injury. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester will also be out as they’ve yet to return to the lineup after winning the World Cup with Canada.

Carter Hutton is expected to start in net.

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How to watch

When: 7:30 p.m. CT
Where: United Center, Chicago