The Chicago Blackhawks have several questions along their lines and pairings. They also are looking at an uncertain situation in net heading into the season.
Star forward Patrick Kane says he thinks the team can be competitive. Chicago parted with goaltender Corey Crawford in free agency and traded forward Brandon Saad to Colorado. The availability of captain Jonathan Toews is uncertain as he deals with an illness.
The Blackhawks visit Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay for their season opener on Jan. 13.