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

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

Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks enter Tuesday night’s game against the Florida Panthers as the only team without a single point in the standings, outside of the Dallas Stars who have yet to play a game this season. At 0-3-0, and a -10 goal differential, things can only go up for the Blackhawks. I think. They’ll have to steer things in the right direction against a two-time Vezina winner on Tuesday night, so we should be in for an entertaining matchup.

Broadcast Info

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

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (0-3-0, 0 pts)

DeBrincat – Suter – Kane
Kubalík – Strome – Kurashev
Janmark – Wallmark – Shaw
Hagel – Kämpf – Carpenter

Keith – Murphy
Zadorov – Boqvist
de Haan – Mitchell


Panthers (1-0-0, 2 pts)

Verhaeghe – Barkov – Duclair
Huberdeau – Wennberg – Hornqvist
Vatrano – Luostarinen – Tippett
Lomberg – Acciari – Connolly

Weegar – Ekblad
Yandle – Gudas
Forsling – Stralman


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)


Markus Nutivaara (Day-to-day)
Noah Juulsen (Day-to-day)
Juho Lammikko (Day-to-day)

What To Watch For

•   Kevin Lankinen and Brandon Hagel will make their season debuts for the Blackhawks tonight. For Hagel, it is his second NHL game in his career. He played his rookie season last year primarily in the AHL with the Rockford IceHogs, tallying 19 goals and 31 points. Lankinen will be making his first career NHL start after spending the last two seasons in the Blackhawks farm system. In 21 starts last year in the AHL, Lankinen went 8-10-2, with a .909 Save Percentage, and a 3.03 GAA. He was also named an AHL All-Star last season.

•   The Blackhawks have scored a powerplay goal in each of their first three games, two coming from Alex DeBrincat in the last two outings. If Chicago is going to get over the hump in a lot of games this season, it will have to come by making the most of their advantages.

•   Speaking of DeBrincat, look for him to continue to be a factor in Chicago’s offense. Coming into this season, DeBrincat needed to have a bounce-back year from a rather underachieving 2019-20 campaign. So far, so good with three points in three games.

•   The Panthers get Sergei Bobrovsky back in net tonight. The two-time Vezina winner is also looking to have a bounce-back season of his own. Following a disappointing 2019-20 season where he finished with a .900 save percentage (second-lowest in his career) and a 3.23 Goals Against Average (career-low), Bobrovsky is out to prove he’s still one of the league’s most elite goaltenders. The Panthers are hoping so too, especially with the $10M AAV price tag they have on him.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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