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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks vs Blue Jackets (7:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Odds, Game Thread

Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets wrap up their second two-game series this season with a 7:00 p.m. puck drop at the United Center.

After blowing 3-1, 4-2, and 5-4 leads against the Blue Jackets in Thursday night’s 6-5 loss, the Blackhawks look to get back on their point pace that they had enjoyed through the first quarter of the season. After starting the season 0-3-1, Chicago has gone 6-2-3 over the past 11 games. The Blue Jackets have been responsible for the last two regulation losses that the Blackhawks have experienced.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH, FS-O
Radio: WGN 720 AM, TUDN 1200 AM

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (6-5-4, 16 pts)

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

Keith – Mitchell
deHaan – Carlsson
Zadorov – Beaudin

Lankinen
Subban

Blue Jackets (7-5-3, 17 pts)

Laine – Roslovic – Atkinson
Grigorenko – Jenner – Texier
Domi – Stenlund– Bjorkstrand
Robinson – Nash – Foligno

Werenski – Jones
Del Zotto – Savard
Gavrikov – Peeke

Korpisalo
Merzlikins 

Injury Report

Blackhawks:

Brent Seabrook (IR – Lower Back)
Zack Smith (IR – Back)
Andrew Shaw (IR – Concussion)
Kirby Dach (LTIR – Wrist)
Alex Nylander (LTIR – Knee)
Jonathan Toews (LTIR – Illness)
Connor Murphy (Out 10-14 Days – Hip)
Ryan Carpenter (Day-to-day – COVID Protocol)

Blue Jackets: 

Gustav Nyquist (Out Indefinitely – Shoulder)
Brandon Dubinsky (LTIR – Wrist)
Matiss Kivlenieks (Day-to-day – Lower Body)

What To Watch For

•   The Blue Jackets scored twice on the powerplay on Thursday night, snapping a penalty-kill streak for the Blackhawks at 14-straight kills. Chicago’s penalty-kill unit still ranks in the middle of the league at 18th (80.0%) and 12th in the league in times shorthanded per game at 3.33. The Blue Jackets are the best in the league with only 2.20 times shorthanded per game.

•   Kevin Lankinen is back in net for the Blackhawks after allowing six goals in Thursday night’s 6-5 loss to Columbus. It marked the first time since his first start of the season back on January 19 against the Panthers that Lankinen gave up five or more goals in a game. Thursday night’s loss was also the third time this season that Lankinen saw 40 or more shots in a game. He gets the redemption start tonight.

•   The Blackhawks enjoyed a balanced attack on Thursday night between the big guns (Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat – three points each) and the rookies (Ian Mitchell, Pius Suter, and Nicolas Beaudin scoring one goal each). Kane and DeBrincat lead the Blackhawks in points this season, while Suter leads all rookies in goals (6) and is tied for the lead in rookies points (9). Look for that to continue if the Blackhawks are going to get back on the point pace they have been on for the past dozen games.

Betting Odds

The Blackhawks are +1.5 point underdogs against the Blue Jackets tonight, and find themselves at -108 on the moneyline according to the DraftKings 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.