Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Red Wings (6:30 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Odds, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Red Wings (6:30 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Odds, Game Thread

Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings begin their second two-game series of the season tonight.

Chicago won the first two games of the season just over three weeks ago, outscoring the Red Wings 10-3 in the two wins. Over the last ten games since the teams last met, the Blackhawks are 5-2-3, while the Red Wings are 2-6-2.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 6:30 p.m. CT
Radio: WGN 720 AM, TUDN 1200 AM

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (7-5-4, 18 pts)

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

Keith – Mitchell
de Haan – Carlsson
Zadorov – Beaudin


Red Wings (4-10-2, 10 pts)

Zadina – Larkin – Brome
Ryan – Fabbri – Mantha
Filppula – Namestnikov – Gagner
Nielsen – Glendening – Erne

Merrill – Hronek
Staal – Stecher
Nemeth – Djoos


Injury Report


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 (Day-to-day – Hip)

Red Wings:

Henrik Zetterberg (IR – Retired)
Darren Helm (Day-to-day – Lower Body)
Tyler Bertuzzi (Day-to-day – Upper Body)

What To Watch For

•   Patrick Kane had four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in the first two games this season between the Blackhawks and Red Wings. He is tied for third in the league in scoring with 22 points through 16 games this year. He has 15 points over his last eight games, including five multi-point games in that stretch. Kane has 48 points in 51 career games against the Red Wings.

•   Malcolm Subban makes his fourth start of the season tonight. He is 1-1-1 with a .913 save percentage and a 2.93 GAA. After making the first start of the year for the Blackhawks and allowing five goals in a loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Subban has bounced back impressively in his last two starts, making 66-of-70 saves and earning at least a point in each start.

•   The Blackhawks and Red Wings are at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to special teams so far this season. Detroit ranks in the bottom-third on both the powerplay (30th) and the penalty-kill (27th), while Chicago is in the top half of the league on the penalty-kill (15th) and second in the NHL on the powerplay. If the Blackhawks can stay out of the penalty box and force the Red Wings to chase the game and take penalties, they’ll be able to control the mini-series on the road.

Betting Odds

The Blackhawks are -1.5 point favorites against the Red Wings tonight, and find themselves at -130 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.