Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Lightning (6:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Lightning (6:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Blackhawks

Ok, take two. The Blackhawks will look to shake off the rust from Wednesday night’s season-opening bummer against these same Tampa Bay Lightning. Here’s hoping we can go into the weekend with even just a slight amount of optimism for the season ahead.

Broadcast Info

Puck drop: 6 p.m. CT
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (0-1-0, 0 pts)


de Haan-Mitchell


Lightning (1-0-0, 2 pts)




Injury Report


Brent Seabrook (IR – Lower Back)
Zack Smith (IR – Back)
Kirby Dach (LTIR – Out 4-5 months – Wrist)
Alex Nylander (LTIR – Out 4-6 months – Knee)
Jonathan Toews (LTIR – Illness)


Nikita Kucherov (Out for season – Hip)
Anders Nilsson (IR – Concussion)
Marián Gáborík (IR – Back)

What To Watch For

•   Ice time distribution was a storyline from Wednesday night’s contest. Dominik Kubalík had the second-fewest minutes, while all six defensemen were separated by just under four minutes of time difference. Look for Kubalík to get more time tonight (if his play warrants it), and look for the defensemen to continue to cycle more evenly throughout this season.

•   Not panic, but more urgency from the Blackhawks. The start to Wednesday night’s game was what you wanted to see from Chicago, but once the tide started turning in the Lightning’s favor, the urgency to swing it back wasn’t there. The Blackhawks are not talented enough to play catch up against most teams in the league, and especially against Tampa. If (or when) Chicago sees their first deficit tonight, expect the response to be better.

•   Adam Boqvist and Ian Mitchell were just OK, collectively, in their first action this season. The hope is that these two will take major steps forward this season in their development towards being two potential top-pairing defenders for Chicago. Baby steps first, but a noticeable improvement in positioning and puck movement from the young defensemen would be welcomed tonight.

•   While Jeremy Colliton is playing it close to the vest with any lineup changes tonight (likely will be the case for all road games this season), it would not surprise me to see Collin Delia get the start tonight in game two against the Lightning. Malcolm Subban showed flashes of brilliance in game one, but also had a few goals that he would like to have back. It wasn’t the most confidence-building start for Subban. It’s likely Subban, Delia, and maybe Kevin Lankinen will get a healthy split of starts through the first 10-15 games of the season before a true “starter” is named.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.