Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks vs Red Wings (11:30 a.m. CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks vs Red Wings (11:30 a.m. CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Blackhawks

It’s been a while since the Chicago Blackhawks had themselves a hockey game that could be accompanied by mimosa’s, bloody mary’s, and half-pound cheeseburgers that are OK to eat at 10 a.m. because there’s a fried egg on it.

That’s right, it’s Sunday Brunch Hockey.

After getting their first win of the season on Friday night against the Detroit Red Wings, the Blackhawks hope to make it two in-a-row over their long-time rivals and keep the train moving forward later this morning.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 11:30 a.m. CT
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (1-3-1, 3 pts)

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

De Haan-Mitchell


Red Wings (2-3-0, 4 pts)

Namestnikov – Larkin – Bertuzzi
Ryan – Rasmussen – Mantha
Brome– Glendening – Nielsen
??? – Filppula – Djoos (D)
(Taxi Squad: G. Smith, T. Hirose)

Hronek – Nemeth
Dekeyser – Biega
Staal – Stetcher


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)

Red Wings: 

Henrik Zetterberg (IR – Retired)
Darren Helm (Day-to-day)
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

•   Kevin Lankinen makes his third-straight start for the Blackhawks. He’s 1-0-1 in his previous two starts with a 0.902 save-percentage and a 2.94 GAA. He made 30 saves on Friday in the Blackhawks’ 4-1 win over the Red Wings, his first career NHL win. Lankinen may just take the reigns of the starting goaltender position if he is able to get another quality start under his belt, and another win.

•   Carl Söderberg makes his Blackhawks debut today. Lucas Wallmark will be scratched. Söderberg’s first action with the Blackhawks will be his first action of the season, having missed all of training camp due to immigration issues at the start of the month. The 35-year-old is a versatile forward who can settle into a middle-six role and provide a steady veteran presence in a lineup that has been inundated with less-than experienced players.

•   The Red Wings have been hit hard with players landing on the COVID absence list in the past week. Detroit has lost Filip Zadina, Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Sam Gagner, and Jon Merrill all before Friday night’s loss to Chicago, where they had to dress seven defensemen. Now they will be without Darren Helm, down yet another forward for today’s game, head coach Jeff Blashill has an unenviable task of putting some sort of lineup together.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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