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

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

Chicago Blackhawks

After blowing a huge opportunity to gain ground in the Central Division playoff race on Thursday night, the Chicago Blackhawks, again, MUST WIN tonight over the Detroit Red Wings in their final matchup of the season. Chicago has 12 games remaining this season with nine of them coming against teams that are in the top four playoff spots in the Central Division. They trail the Nashville Predators by four points still in the standings, but the Dallas Stars closed the gap between them and Chicago to just one-point with a win on Thursday night. All three teams are in action tonight, so another possible night of big movement is on the table and all to more reason why the Blackhawks need to come away with two points tonight.

Broadcast Info

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

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (20-19-5, 45 pts)

DeBrincat – Dach – Strome
Hagel – Suter – Kane

Kubalík – Kurashev – Hinostroza
Connolly – Kämpf – Carpenter

Keith – Kalynuk
Zadorov – Murphy
Stillman – Mitchell


Red Wings (16-23-6, 38 pts)

Larkin – Zadina
Vrana – Rasmussen – Filppula
Panik – Namestnikov – Gagner
Erne – Glendening – Helm

Cholowski – Hronek
Staal – Stetcher

DeKeyser – Lindstrom


Injury Report


Calvin de Haan (Day-to-day – Hip)
Adam Boqvist (Day-to-day – Concussion)
Brent Seabrook (LTIR – Retirement)
Zack Smith (LTIR – Back)
Andrew Shaw (LTIR – Concussion)
Alex Nylander (LTIR  – Knee)
Jonathan Toews (LTIR – Illness)

Red Wings:

Henrik Zetterberg (IR – Retired)
Tyler Bertuzzi (IR – Upper Body)
Robby Fabbri (Day-to-day – Upper Body)
Bobby Ryan (Out for season – Upper Body)

What To Watch For

•   Malcolm Subban gets the start tonight for the Blackhawks, his first game since March 28th against Nashville Predators. Subban is 4-5-1 this season in ten starts with a .903 save-percentage and a 3.14 GAA. Kevin Lankinen, who had started 17 of the last 20 games for the Blackhawks, get the night off and Collin Delia will be the backup to Subban. Delia has not dressed for the Blackhawks since early February.

•   Over Chicago’s last ten games, they has just three powerplay goals on 31 chances (9.7%) and ranks 25th in the NHL. Over the same ten game stretch of the season since March 27th, the Blackhawks have the fewest number of times being short-handed (11) in the league, but the 26th-ranked penalty-kill at just 72.7%.

•   Alex DeBrincat had an assist on Thursday and has six points over his last five games. The Michigan native has a point in ten of 13 career games against the Red Wings and his 19 points are his most against any NHL opponent in his career.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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