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

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

Chicago Blackhawks

One of the oldest rivalries in NHL history writes another chapter tonight as the Chicago Blackhawks host the Detroit Red Wings for the first of two games on back-to-back nights.

Chicago holds a 4-0-0 record against the Red Wings this season, out-scoring them 15-5. Dating back to the 2011-12 season, the Blackhawks are 20-4-4 and allowing just 2.07 goals-per game against the Red Wings.

The Blackhawks currently have a firm hold on a playoff spot in the Central Division, sitting in third-place based on points (26) and fourth-place based on points percentage (.619). The Red Wings are last in the Central Division by both metrics.

Broadcast Info

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

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (11-6-4, 26 pts)

DeBrincat – Suter – Kane
Kubalík – Wallmark – Hagel
Janmark – Söderberg – Kurashev
Highmore – Kämpf – Carpenter

Keith – Mitchell
Zadorov – Murphy
de Haan – Boqvist

Subban
Lankinen 

Red Wings (6-13-3, 15 pts)

Fabbri – ??? – Mantha 
Ryan – Namestnikov – Zadina
Brome – Filppula – Gagner
Erne – Glendening – Helm

Dekeyser – Hronek
Staal –Merrill

Nemeth – Djoos

Griess
Bernier

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)
Lucas Carlsson (IR – Groin)
Dylan Strome (Day-to-day – Concussion)

Red Wings:

Henrik Zetterberg (IR – Retired)
Tyler Bertuzzi (IR – Upper Body)
Dylan Larkin (Day-to-day – Upper Body)
Troy Stetcher (Day-to-day – Lower Body)

Betting Odds

The Blackhawks are -1.5 point favorites against the Red Wings tonight, and find themselves at -150 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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What To Watch For

•   Patrick Kane has eight points in his last three games. He is also sitting on 399 career goals. His next goal, which could very well come tonight, would make him the fourth Blackhawks player to reach 400 goals all with Chicago, joining Bobby Hull (604), Stan Mikita (541), and Steve Larmer (406). He’d be the 100th player in NHL history to reach the 400 goal marker.

•   Malcolm Subban starts tonight for the Blackhawks. Since giving up five goals in the season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Subban is 3-0-1 in his last four starts with a .956 save percentage and has allowed just six goals.

•   Detroit and Chicago are two of the worst teams in the NHL this season at even-strength. The big difference in the successes of the teams comes down to special teams and goaltending. The Red Wings are dead-last in the league on the powerplay and 29th on the penalty-kill, while Chicago has the second-best powerplay unit and the 20th-ranked penalty-kill. If the Red Wings cannot stay out of the box, the Blackhawks should make them pay.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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