Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks vs Blue Jackets (6:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Betting Odds, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks vs Blue Jackets (6:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Betting Odds, Game Thread

Chicago Blackhawks

Just the fact that we got to this point over the last 36 hours is a win.

The Chicago Blackhawks had to cancel their Saturday practice due to precautions regarding COVID-19, while Ryan Carpenter and Nicolas Beaudin were placed on the NHL COVID-19 protocol list.

But the team was able to get on the ice this morning, and are scheduled to not miss their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Let’s go.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 6:00 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH, FS-O
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (2-4-3, 7 pts)

Janmark – Suter – Kane
Kubalík – Strome – Kurashev
Hagel – Söderberg– Shaw
Highmore – Kämpf – Johnson

Keith – Carlsson
De Haan – Mitchell
Zadorov – Murphy

Lankinen

Blue Jackets (4-2-3, 11 points)

Foligno – Texier – Bjorkstrand 
Grigorenko – Domi – Foudy 
Jenner – Roslovic – Atkinson 
Robinson – Koivu – Nash

Gavrikov – Jones 
Werenski – Savard
Del Zotto – Kukan

Merzlikins

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)
Alex DeBrincat (Day-to-day – COVID Protocol)
Adam Boqvist (Day-to-day – COVID Protocol)
Lucas Wallmark (Day-to-day – COVID Protocol)
Ryan Carpenter (Day-to-day – COVID Protocol)
Nicolas Beaudin (Day-to-day – COVID Protocol)

Blue Jackets:

Patrik Laine (Day-to-day)
Gustav Nyquist (Out Indefinitely – Shoulder)
Brandon Dubinsky (LTIR – Wrist)

What To Watch For

•   Reese Johnson makes his NHL debut for the Blackhawks tonight, due to the amount of injuries and COVID-related absences.

•   Patrick Kane has played an incredible amount of minutes in the last few games. With the lineup returning to the traditional 12 forwards and 6 defensemen, the minutes for forwards might even-out. But don’t count on it with the aforementioned Johnson making his NHL debut.

•   Kevin Lankinen makes his sixth start of the season in the last seven games for the Blackhawks. He’s 2-1-2 this season with a .930 save percentage. He has yet another chance to lock-up the starting job if he’s able to string together another quality start.

Betting Odds

The Blackhawks are once again +1.5 underdogs for tonight’s matchup against the Blue Jackets, according to DraftKings, and currently sit +115 on the moneyline.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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