The Chicago Blackhawks will look to improve their record to 6-1-2 and win their fourth straight against Eastern Conference opponents when they face off against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night at the BB&T Center to begin week four of their Stanley Cup defense.
The Hawks then cross the Sunshine state to play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night before heading back to the United Center for their first game against division rival Minnesota on Saturday night.
The Hawks come into the BB&T Center in the middle of the Panthers five-game home stand. In the first two games the Panthers fell 3-2 to the Boston Bruins and won 2-1 in a shootout against the Minnesota Wild.
Here are Da Windy City staff predictions for the Hawks’ three games during week four of the NHL season.
Campbell: Hawks go 2-1 this week as they defeat the Panthers and Wild but lose to the Lightning.
Bender: Hawks over Panthers 5-3, Lightning 3-2 (OT), Hawks shutout Wild 3-0.
Burn: Hawks 5-2 over Panthers, Hawks 3-2 over Lightning (OT), Hawks 3-0 over Wild.
Cain: The Hawks finally score a third-period goal and go 3-0 this week. Hawks 3-0 vs Panthers, Hawks 2-1 vs Lightning, Hawks 2-1 vs Wild.