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

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

Chicago Blackhawks

For the final time this regular season, the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators will square-off with Central Division playoff positioning on the line. Although the Blackhawks got the monkey off their back after getting their first win of the season against the Predators on Wednesday night, they needed a dramatic come from behind effort in the final 10 minutes of the third period, plus overtime, to do it. Chicago will need to limit mistakes and build off the momentum of the big win on Wednesday night to pull out another two big points tonight if they are going to keep pace in the Divisional playoff chase. Chicago remains three points behind Nashville and one point behind the Dallas Stars in the standings. Chicago holds one game in-hand of the Predators, while the Stars hold two games in-hand of the Blackhawks.

Broadcast Info

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

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (22-20-5, 49 pts)

DeBrincat – Dach – Hagel
Hinostroza – Suter – Kane

Kubalík – Kurashev
Connolly – Kämpf – Carpenter

Keith – Boqvist
Kalynuk – Murphy
Stillman – Zadorov
Beaudin

Subban
Lankinen

Predators (25-21-2, 52 pts)

Tolvanen – Johansen – Arvidsson
Järnkrok – Granlund – Kunin
Cousins – Haula – Duchene
Trenin – Sissons – Jeannot

Josi – Benning
Ekholm – Ellis
Harpur – Gudbranson

Saros
Rinne

Injury Report

Blackhawks:

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

Predators: 

Filip Forsberg (Week-to-week – Upper Body)
Brad Richardson (Day-to-day – Lower Body)
Mark Borowiecki (Week-to-week – Upper Body)
Luca Sbisa (Day-to-day – Upper Body)
Alexandre Carrier (Week-to-week – Lower Body)
Mathieu Olivier (Week-to-week – Lower Body)
Dante Fabbro (Week-to-week – Upper Body)

What To Watch For

•   Malcolm Subban gets the start again for the Blackhawks tonight. He will be making back-to-back starts for the first time since February 25th and 27th against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings. Subban has a .935 save-percentage in his last four appearances for the Blackhawks with a 2-1-0 record and is 1-1-1 with a .915 save-percentage and a 2.96 GAA against Nashville this season.

•   The Predators have earned at least a point in 16 of their last 19 games against the Blackhawks (13-3-3) and have held Chicago to two or fewer goals 16 times in that span. Luke Kunin shares the Predators lead in points against the Blackhawks this season with Mikael Granlund, both posting seven points in seven games.

•   Chicago is 4-2-0 in their last six games since April 10th. Over that span, they are 3-for-25 on the powerplay but are a perfect 15-for-15 on the penalty-kill. In fact, since March 25th, Chicago ranks third in the NHL on the penalty-kill with a 90.0% kill-rate. Their 30 times short-handed over that span is also tied for the fourth-fewest in the NHL.

•   Oooh, the rare fourth note in  pregamin’! Since joining the Blackhawks earlier in the month, forward Vinnie Hinostroza has seven points, all at even-strength, in eight games with Chicago. He tallied his first goal of the season in Wednesday night’s win and his two-point effort was his second multi-point effort in his last three games. He has five points over that same span of time.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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