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Hawks will have new look for Islanders

12/1/2011

CHICAGO -- With Patrick Kane’s move back to right wing, the Chicago Blackhawks will have a new look when they host the New York Islanders on Friday.

At practice on Thursday, Kane lined up with Jonathan Toews and Viktor Stalberg. Marcus Kruger centered Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp while Ben Smith was between Michael Frolik and Bryan Bickell. The fourth line had Jamal Mayers in the middle with Andrew Brunette and Daniel Carcillo next to him. Dave Bolland did not practice but is expected to take Smith’s spot on the third line.

Toy drive: The Blackhawks will host a toy drive at each of the next three home games at the United Center to support the Neighbor’s Development Network, Dreams for Kids and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Fans who bring an unwrapped toy to drop-off locations at Gates 2, 3, 6 and 7 of the United Center will be entered into a raffle to win autographed items by Kane and the Blackhawks team, or game tickets.

Business honors: For the second consecutive year the Blackhawks organization has been voted to have “shown the most innovation in its business practices” and Rocky Wirtz is among the “most effective team owners,” according to the Sports Business Journal’s 2011 National Hockey League Reader Survey.