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

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

Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers square off for the seventh time this season as they open their final two-game series of the regular season. Chicago holds a 2-3-1 record against Florida this season, being outscored 22-17 in the six previous meetings, with the Blackhawks winning the last two games back on March 23rd and 25th. Florida has already clinched their spot in the Central Division playoffs, while the Blackhawks have a sliver of a mathematical chance to make the postseason still. With a loss tonight, that sliver will be officially gone for the Blackhawks. Chicago is 5-7-0 in 12 games in the month of April.

Broadcast Info

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

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (22-22-5, 49 pts)

DeBrincat – Dach – Hagel
Hinostroza – Suter – Kane

Kubalík – Strome – Gaudette
Hardman – Kämpf – Connolly

Keith – Beaudin
Kalynuk – Stillman
Murphy Zadorov


Panthers (32-14-5, 69 pts)

Denisenko – Barkov – Duclair
Huberdeau – Bennett – Tippett
Vatrano – Wennberg – Acciari
Lomberg – Lammikko – Gusev

Weegar – Forsling
Yandle – Nutivaara
Kierstad – Montour


Injury Report


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


Aaron Ekblad (IR – Out For Season)
Patric Hornqvist (Day-to-day – Upper Body)
Chris Driedger (Day-to-day – Lower Body)
Mason Marchment (Day-to-day – Upper Body)
Carter Verhaeghe (Week-to-week – Upper Body)

What To Watch For

•   Vinnie Hinostroza extended his points streak to a season-long three games with an assist against Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. He has four points over his last three games and has two multi-point games over his last five appearances. He has two goals and seven assists in 10 games with the Blackhawks since being acquired from the Florida Panthers earlier this month.

•   Rookie goaltender Spencer Knight will get the start tonight for the Panthers. He’s made two appearances for the Panthers this month, making 42 of 43 saves and earning two wins over the Columbus Blue Jackets (his first career start on April 20th) and the Nashville Predators in 20 minutes of relief for Sergei Bobrovsky on Tuesday night.

•   Kevin Lankinen starts for the Blackhawks tonight after getting pulled in his last start on Tuesday night. Lankinen has been pulled in his last two starts for Chicago after allowing eight goals in a combined 60:41 minutes of action. In his last five starts, Lankinen is 2-2-0 with a .836 save-percentage.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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