Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks vs Red Wings (7:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks vs Red Wings (7:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Blackhawks

The rivalry is renewed! Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, one of the oldest rivalries in NHL history gets rekindled tonight in Chicago. Although both teams are far from the top of the league, the NHL is better when these teams are competitive, even if it’s just against each other. The Red Wings provide a litmus test for the winless-Blackhawks to see just how close or how far from the bottom of the league they really are.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 7 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH, FS-D
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (0-3-1, 1 pts)

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

Keith-Murphy
De Haan-Mitchell
Zadorov-Boqvist

Lankinen
Subban

Red Wings (2-2-0, 4 pts)

Namestnikov – Larkin – ???
Ryan – Rasmussen – Mantha
Bertuzzi – Glendening – Brome

Nielsen – Filppula – Helm
(Taxi Squad: G. Smith, T. Hirose)

Hronek – Nemeth
Dekeyser – Djoos
Staal – Stetcher

Greiss
Bernier

Injury Report

Blackhawks:

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)

Red Wings: 

Henrik Zetterberg (IR – Retired)
Filip Zadina (Day-to-day)
Adam Erne (Day-to-day)
Robby Fabbri (Day-to-day)
Jon Merrill (Day-to-day)
Sam Gagner (Day-to-day)

What To Watch For

•   It’s been 317 days since the Blackhawks last played in the United Center. While there still won’t be fans in the arena, it will be amazing seeing the Blackhawks back playing a home game. Hopefully the feeling of the pregame anthem and the roar of the fake crowd will be able to suffice as home-ice advantage for Chicago.

•   This is the first of eight meetings between the Red Wings and Blackhawks. The last time the long-time rivals were in the same division was the 2013 season, which ended with the Blackhawks eliminating the Red Wings in Game Seven of the Western Conference Semi-Final on their way to the Stanley Cup. Since then, Chicago holds an 8-4-2 record over Detroit in 14 regular season matchups. Chicago has not faced an opponent more than Detroit since the two began competition in 1926.

•   Kevin Lankinen makes his second-straight start for the Blackhawks. After helping Chicago earn their first point in the standings this season with a 5-4 overtime loss to the Panthers on Tuesday, Jeremy Colliton has pegged the 25-year-old as the starter for the home opener. Lankinen made 25 saves on 30 shots in his first-ever NHL start.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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