Oh yeah, there’s a game tonight.
After the hullabaloo of this morning, with the Brent Seabrook retirement and all, the Chicago Blackhawks get ready for their rematch against the Tampa Bay Lightning after dropping a 3-2 buzzer-beating overtime loss to the defending Stanley Cup champions last night. The Blackhawks are still in a playoff position in the Central Division with 29 points and a .604 points percentage. They are 0-2-1 against the Lightning this season, but played their best game against them last night by a wide margin. Chicago is 1-0-1 this season in the second game of back-to-back sets.
Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH, SUN, ESPN+
Radio: WGN 720 AM / TUDN 1200-AM
Blackhawks (12-7-5, 29 pts)
DeBrincat – Suter – Kane
Kubalík – Wallmark – Hagel
Janmark – Söderberg – Kurashev
Highmore – Kämpf – Carpenter
Keith – Mitchell
Zadorov – Murphy
de Haan – Boqvist
Lightning (16-4-1, 33 pts)
Palat – Point – Coleman
Killorn – Cirelli – Stamkos
Goodrow – Gourde – Johnson
Maroon – Joseph – Volkov
Hedman – Rutta
McDonagh – Schenn
Sergachev – Foote
Brent Seabrook (LTIR – Retirement)
Zack Smith (LTIR – Back)
Andrew Shaw (LTIR – Concussion)
Kirby Dach (LTIR – Wrist)
Alex Nylander (LTIR – Knee)
Jonathan Toews (LTIR – Illness)
Dylan Strome (Day-to-day – Concussion)
Nikita Kucherov (LTIR – Hip Surgery)
Anders Nilsson (LTIR – Concussion)
Marián Gáborík (LTIR – Indefinite)
Mitchell Stephens (LTIR – Indefinite)
The Blackhawks are +1.5 point underdogs against the Lightning tonight, and find themselves at +165 on the moneyline according to the DraftKings Illinois Sportsbook. You can go right here to sign up and make a bet.
What To Watch For
• Alex DeBrincat extended his points streak to a season-high seven games last night with a goal in the second period. His 12th goal of the season was also his 99th in his NHL career and his 199th point in his NHL career. Be on milestone watch for DeBrincat, who could become the 14th player in Blackhawks history to debut with the team and need 300 or fewer career games to hit 100 goals. DeBrincat has 254 games played with the Blackhawks.
• Malcolm Subban starts for the Blackhawks tonight. Subban is 3-2-1 this season with a .916 save percentage and a 2.60 GAA. He had a three-game win streak snapped in his last start, a 5-3 loss to the Red Wings on February 27. This will be a revenge game for Subban, who started the season-opener against the Lightning in a 5-1 loss on January 13
• David Kämpf has seen a significant increase in his ice-time over the past few games. Last night, he played 17:16 minutes which ranked fourth among forwards behind only DeBrincat, Patrick Kane, and Pius Suter. Kämpf leads the Blackhawks in faceoff percentage this season, winning 53.7% of his draws. He and Carl Söderberg are the only two centers who are at or above 50% at the dot this season for Chicago.
Get Caught Up …
"They pushed us to be great"
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) March 5, 2021
Congrats on a great career to the best teammate and even better friend. So many amazing moments on and off the ice! pic.twitter.com/nfFgUdflQj
— Patrick Kane (@88PKane) March 5, 2021
Incredible teammate, leader and person.
Congrats on an amazing career Seabs! pic.twitter.com/6rslqaK4uI
— Alex DeBrincat (@Brinksy97) March 5, 2021
Brent Seabrook's message to the fans:
"It was a fun ride and I had a blast putting on that Blackhawks jersey every night and competing for you guys. Now more than ever you realize how important the fans are to the game. It sucks without them."
— John Dietz (@johndietzdh) March 5, 2021
From the Wayback Machine… https://t.co/xihLSHgX5d
— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) March 5, 2021
Duncan Keith is scoring his first goal of the season tonight, you best believe that. pic.twitter.com/lsilINr99V
— Four Feathers Podcast (@FourFeathersPod) March 5, 2021
Seabrook on this year's team: "Jeremy's got them firing on all cylinders… The biggest thing is they're all having fun. The last few years have been tough around here. It's great to see."
— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) March 5, 2021