Jan 22, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) is congratulated by right wing Marian Hossa (81) and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) for a victory against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Blues 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Q and A Game Preview with Blackhawk UP

Tomorrow night, the Dallas Stars are going be facing the 3-0-0 Chicago Blackhawks at the American Airlines Center.

We are curious about this Hawks that made the playoffs last season and lost to the Phoenix Coyotes in the second round. What better way to get some information about the Chicago Blackhawks than to reach out to a few of fine folks at Fansided.com’s Blackhawk Up.

Thanks to editor, Keith Schultz for his help.

1. What do you expect from your Chicago Blackhawks Team?

Keith: first expectation would be a playoff birth, secondly to get pass the first round which the Hawks have failed to do since winning the Stanley Cup and three the Stanley Cup. The Hawks have the balance of talent especially offensively to make a deep run in the playoffs

2. Who do you think will make the most impact on the Hawks team?

Keith: First like most teams health will be the biggest impact, player wise it has to be Corey Crawford. Crawford doesn’t have to stand on his head on a nightly basis for the Hawks to win, but he has to be able stop everything he should while not letting in the soft ones that he has struggled with last season during his sophmore slump.

3. Who is new to the team?

Keith: The roster so far has very little turnover. Defenseman Sheldon Brookbank and Michal Rozsival are new to the team and have been rotating games on the last defensman pairing. Brandon Saad made the roster again this year and has been thrown in to the lineup with the injury to Daniel Carcillo opening night. Saad was the “steal of the draft” in 2011 first round and he proved in Juniors last season. Now he has a chance to prove it at the NHL level.

4. Prediction-

Keith: Patrick Kane is playing at a different level to start the season which he continues Thursday night and he Hawks go to 4-0 for the first time in 40 years with a 4-2 victory.

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