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

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

Chicago Blackhawks

The first of three meetings to close the regular season series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes might serve as the final game where the Blackhawks were still alive in the Central Division playoff race. Chicago sits in sixth-place with 50 points and a maximum of 60 points possible to close the season, while the Nashville Predators sit in fourth-place with 58 points and a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight. Even if the Blackhawks win tonight, if the Predators get a win, regulation or overtime, it won’t matter: the Blackhawks playoff hopes will be officially over. The Blackhawks have a 2-2-1 record against the Hurricanes this season, being outscored 18-17 in the previous five meetings.

Broadcast Info

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

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (22-23-6, 50 pts)

DeBrincat – Dach – Kane
Hinostroza – Kurashev – Hagel

Kubalík – Strome – Gaudette
Hardman – Kämpf – Suter

Keith – Kalynuk 
Mitchell – Beaudin
Murphy Zadorov

Subban
Delia

Hurricanes (34-10-7, 75 pts)

Svechnikov – Aho – Teravainen
Niederreiter – Trocheck – Necas
Fast – Staal – Foegele
McCormick – Shore – Geekie

Slavin – Hamilton
Skjei – Pesce
Hakanpaa – Bean

Nedeljkovic
Reimer

Injury Report

Blackhawks:

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)

Hurricanes: 

Petr Mrazek (Day-to-day – Lower Body)
Cedric Paquette (Day-to-day – Undisclosed)
Jake Gardiner (Day-to-day – Back)
Jordan Martinook (Day-to-day – Lower Body)
Brock McGinn (Day-to-day – Upper Body)

What To Watch For

•   The Hurricanes are riding a 10-game point streak (7-0-3), which is the longest active in the NHL and the third-longest in the league this season. They have earned at least a point in the standings in 14 of their last 15 games (10-1-4).

•   Alex DeBrincat has a point in five of his last six games against the Hurricanes with three goals and four assists over those six games. DeBrincat extFebruary 2nd, he is tied for second in the NHL with 23 goals, only trailing Austin Matthews.

•   Since March 25th, the Blackhawks rank sixth in the NHL on the penalty-kill with an 87.8% kill-rate. Over that same stretch of time, the Blackhawks rank fourth in the league with just 41 times shorthanded and taking 44 penalties. Chicago leads the league with a plus-20 penalty differential since March 25th.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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