Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Stars (2:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Odds, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Stars (2:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Odds, Game Thread

Chicago Blackhawks

The big game before the BIG game, amirite? The Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars provide your opening entertainment this afternoon before the Buccaneers and Chiefs face-off. Not a bad appetizer with all the offensive fire-power that both teams bring to the table. The first of eight meetings this season between the clubs, both teams enter today’s game coming off series splits.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 2:00 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH, FS-SW, ESPN+
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (4-4-4, 12 pts)

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

Keith – Mitchell
deHaan – Murphy
Zadorov – Beaudin

Subban
Delia

Stars (5-2-1, 11 pts)

Benn – Pavelski – Dellandrea
Dickinson – Hintz – Gurianov
Cogliano – Faksa – Comeau
Kero – Dowling – Robertson

Lindell – Klingberg
Oleksiak – Heiskanen
Hanley – Pysyk

Oettinger
Bow
(*Anton Khudobin will be scratched due to “internal issues”) 

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)
Adam Boqvist (Day-to-day – COVID Protocol)
Lucas Wallmark (Day-to-day – COVID Protocol)
Ryan Carpenter (Day-to-day – COVID Protocol)

Stars: 

Alexander Radulov (Day-to-day – Lower body)
Joel Kiviranta (Day-to-day – Lower body)
Andrej Sekera (Day-to-day – COVID Protocol)
Ben Bishop (LTIR – Knee Surgery)
Stephen Johns (LTIR – Head Injury)
Tyler Seguin (Indefinite – Hip Surgery)

What To Watch For

•   Special teams are going to be a focal point in this series. The Blackhawks have the No. 3 powerplay in the league, while Dallas has the league’s top powerplay unit. On the flip-side, the teams are right next to each other in the NHL ranks on the penalty-kill with Chicago ranking 13th and the Stars ranking 14th. It’ll be key to see who can stay out of the penalty box between these two teams.

•   Their is plenty of firepower from the Blackhawks coming into this one. Patrick Kane has eight points in a four-game streak. Kane has also tallied at least one point in each of his last five games against the Stars. Alex DeBrincat has seven points during his own four-game streak. Rookies Pius Suter and Philipp Kurashev each have three-game point streaks heading into this afternoon’s contest, with Suter tallying three points and Kurashev with four. Finally, while not on a streak of games, Dominik Kubalík has six points in his last four games.

•   This will be the first time Mattias Janmark faces his old team. Janmark was a member of the Dallas Stars from 2015-2020, helping them reach the Stanley Cup Final last season. He had 109 points in 297 regular season games with the Stars, and comes into today’s game with four points in his last three games played.

•   Malcolm Subban gets his third start of the season today with Collin Delia backing him up. Kevin Lankinen, who had started eight of the last nine games for the Blackhawks, gets a full day off. Subban is 0-1-1 in his two previous starts this season.

Betting Odds

The Chicago Blackhawks are 1.5 goal underdogs in this one, according to the Draftkings Illinois Sportsbook, with +135 on the money.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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