Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks vs Red Wings (6:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Odds, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks vs Red Wings (6:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Odds, Game Thread

Chicago Blackhawks

Ok. Reset.

The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings square-up again tonight for the second leg of games on back-to-back nights tonight at the United Center. In 14 back-to-backs last season, Chicago posted a 9-4-1 record in the second half of the set.

After last night’s 5-3 loss in a game they heavily dominated, the Blackhawks need to have a bounce-back effort and get a convincing win over the Red Wings to close out the month of February and head into what is sure to be a gauntlet month of March. Through 12 games in February, the Blackhawks posted an 8-3-1 record with a .708 points percentage rate.

Chicago still holds onto a playoff spot in the Central Division based on points (26) and points percentage (.591) through 22 games this season. The Blackhawks will be wearing their Adidas Hockey Reverse Retro sweaters tonight for the first time this season.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 6:00 p.m. CT
TV:
NBCSN
Radio:
WGN 720 AM / TUDN 1200-AM

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (11-7-4, 26 pts)

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

Keith – Mitchell
Zadorov – Murphy
de Haan – Boqvist

Lankinen
Subban

Red Wings (7-13-3, 17 pts)

Ryan – Fabbri – Mantha 
Zadina – Namestnikov – Gagner
Nielsen– Filppula – Svechnikov
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 -216 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 shares the league lead with Auston Matthews with 21 points this month. Kane is still 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.

•   The Blackhawks took just one penalty last night in the loss. Unfortunately, they allowed a powerplay goal to the Red Wings which snapped a 14-game drought for Detroit on the powerplay. Two things need to happen in response to that tonight: 1) stay out of the box completely, or 2) be better. These are still the Red Wings we’re talking about.

•   Kevin Lankinen returns to the net tonight for Chicago. He is 8-3-3 this season with a .921 save percentage and a 2.59 GAA in 14 starts. He earned his first career NHL shutout back on February 17 against these same Red Wings, but is 1-1-0 with a .863 save percentage and has allowed nine goals in two games since then.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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