Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Stars (7:30 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Odds, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Stars (7:30 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Odds, Game Thread

Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars tussle for the second time this season after Chicago’s overtime win on Sunday afternoon. The extra time winner was the first road win of the season for Chicago. The Blackhawks have a point in the standings in nine of their last ten games (5-1-4) and are currently fifth in the Central Division with a .538 points percentage and a 5-4-4 record.

The overtime loss for Dallas was their first at home this season, but they remain unbeaten in regulation at the American Airlines Center.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 7:30 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH, FS-SW
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (5-4-4, 14 pts)

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

Keith – Mitchell
deHaan – Murphy
Zadorov – Beaudin
(UPDATE: Connor Murphy is OUT tonight due to a hip injury)

Lankinen
Subban

Stars (5-2-2, 12 pts)

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

Lindell – Klingberg
Oleksiak – Heiskanen
Hanley – Pysyk

Oettinger
Khudobin

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)
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)
Ben Bishop (LTIR – Knee Surgery)
Stephen Johns (LTIR – Head Injury)
Tyler Seguin (Indefinite – Hip Surgery)

What To Watch For

•   I know I sound like a broken record, but the powerplay will be a focus for both teams tonight. The Stars remain one of the top units in the NHL and the Blackhawks have scored at least one powerplay goal in 11 of 13 games this season. Chicago’s penalty-kill will need to be up to the task again tonight. They were three-for-three on Sunday, having killed-off 19 of their last 20 penalties against.

•   Patrick Kane has at least one point in his last six games against the Stars. He leads the Blackhawks with 17 points this season. He has ten points over a five-game point streak after tallying two assists on Sunday. Also extending a points streak on Sunday was Alex DeBrincat, scoring both Blackhawks goals in the overtime win. DeBrincat has nine points over a five-game point streak, including six points since returning from the NHL’s COVID Protocol list.

•   After getting a complete day off on Sunday, we are expecting Kevin Lankinen to return to the starters net tonight. Lankinen has posted a 4-1-3 record this season with a .928 save percentage and a 2.32 GAA, both rankning in the top five in the NHL for goalies to play in at least six games this season.

Betting Odds

The Blackhawks are +1.5 point underdogs against the Stars tonight, and find themselves at +120 on the moneyline accordinv to the PointsBet Illinois Sportsbook. You can go right here to sign up and make a bet.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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