The Chicago Blackhawks have not gotten off to the best of starts this season, they are currently coming off the heels of back to back 1-goal loses to the Philadelphia Flyers and San Jose Sharks, in spite of the fact that their two losses have been relatively close affairs. The Blackhawks are now set to face off against the Winnipeg Jets for their third game of the season and it should come as no surprise that Chicago Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton will be making changes to his line up in an effort to get his first win of the season.
According to a report from Chicago Blackhawks insider Scott Powers of The Athletic it now appears as though there will be some significant changes to the line up made this evening. Perhaps the biggest move from Colliton today will be the change he makes in goal, a change that will see Chicago Blackhawks starter Corey Crawford take a seat behind the bench as goaltender Robin Lehner will make his Chicago Blackhawks debut. Lehner was arguably the biggest acquisition of the summer from Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman and with Crawford recording a 4.63 goals against average and an .875 save percentage to start the season you would be hard pressed to argue that Lehner should not be given a start here.Lehner is coming off a dominant season as a member of the New York Islanders, he recorded a 2.13 goals against average and a .930 save percentage over 46 games last season, and it was a major shock when the Islanders made the decision to walk away from Lehner this summer.
Although the debut of Lehner is without a doubt the big storyline for the Blackhawks heading into tonight's game, there have also been some other changes made to the line up. According to Powers Colliton has also made the decision to sit former first round pick Alex Nylander this evening after some uninspired performances from the young forward, this in spite of the fact that he has already recorded a goal on the season, and he will also be joined by Slater Koekkoek. Replacing Nylander this evening will be Brenden Perlini and replacing Koekkoek this evening will be Calvin de Haan.
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