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

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

Chicago Blackhawks

Following a 2-1 win on Tuesday night, the Chicago Blackhawks look to complete the two-game series sweep against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight. Chicago is 2-1-1 against the Hurricanes this season and when facing an opponent for a second-straight time this season, Chicago is 11-4-2 in the second matchup. To go even further, when taking at least a point in the first game of the double feature as Chicago did on Tuesday night, they’re undefeated on the year in the second game with a 7-0-1 record.

Chicago needs all the points they can get from here on out. They are tied with the Nashville Predators for fourth-place in the Central Division with 39 points each, but Nashville holds the tiebreaker based on regulation wins. Following tonight’s game against Carolina, the Blackhawks will have their next ten games all against teams that they are even with or ahead of in the Central Division playoff chase. Chicago comes into the game with a three-point cushion over the Columbus Blue Jackets and a seven-point cushion over the Dallas Stars. All three teams (Nashville, Dallas, Columbus) are in action tonight along with the Blackhawks.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH, NBCSN
Radio: WGN 720 AM / TUDN 1200 AM

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (17-15-5, 39 pts)

DeBrincat – Suter – Kane
Kubalík – Kämpf – Hagel
Janmark – Dach – Strome
Carpenter – Söderberg – Kurashev

Keith – Boqvist
de Haan – Kalynuk
Murphy– Zadorov

Lankinen
Subban

Hurricanes (23-8-3, 49 pts)

McGinn – Aho – Necas
Svechnikov – Trocheck – Fast
Niederreiter – Staal – Foegele
Martinook – Lorentz – Paquette

Slavin – Hamilton
Skjei – Pesce
Fleury – Bean

Nedeljkovic
Reimer

Injury Report

Blackhawks:

Brent Seabrook (LTIR – Retirement)
Zack Smith (LTIR – Back)
Andrew Shaw (LTIR – Concussion)
Alex Nylander (LTIR  – Knee)
Jonathan Toews (LTIR – Illness)

Hurricanes: 

Petr Mrazek (Week-to-week – Thumb)
Teuvo Teravainen (Day-to-day – Concussion)

Betting Odds

The Blackhawks are +1.5 point underdogs against the Hurricanes tonight, and find themselves at +145 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

•   After getting the 2-1 win on Tuesday night, Kevin Lankinen is back in net for the Blackhawks tonight. He is 2-1-1 against the Hurricanes this season with a .917 save percentage in those games. Lankinen is 3-1-0 with a .958 save percentage, 1.52 GAA and one shutout over his last four games. Among goalies with 20 appearances during the 2021 season, Lankinen is fifth in the league with a .921 save percentage.

•   Alex DeBrincat has at least one point in five-straight games against Carolina with three goals and four assists in that stretch. Patrick Kane leads the team with nine points against the Hurricanes this season and has a five-game point streak heading into tonight’s contest.

•   With an assist in his return to the Carolina lineup on Tuesday, Vincent Trocheck has now registered at least a point in each of his last seven games played, with four goals and five assists in that stretch of play. He has 25 points in 25 games this season for Carolina.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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