Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks vs. Wild (7:30 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks vs. Wild (7:30 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Blackhawks

One final preseason game for the Blackhawks tonight before the 2021-22 regular season can begin. After dropping a 3-2 game in overtime to these same Wild on Thursday night, the Blackhawks get one last crack at them in the preseason to finish the exhibition portion of the season with a winning record. Not that it means anything, but it could be a confidence-builder. The Wild are icing their NHL lineup tonight after making their final roster cuts earlier in the day. All opening night rosters must be finalized by Monday.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 7:30 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH, ESPN+ (Stream Out of Market Only)
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (2-1-2)

Wild (3-2-0)

What To Watch For

•   One last look at Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews. Earlier today, Toews said he plans to play on opening night for the Blackhawks on Wednesday night. He’s looked good through the preseason and tonight serves as his last game action before the real comeback on Wednesday night.

•   While the Wild have made all of their cuts and roster moves, the Blackhawks still have to send a bunch of players down before Monday’s roster deadline. Tonight is the final audition for number of players on the NHL bubble like Henrik Borgström, Ian Mitchell, and MacKenzie Entwistle.

•   Chicago’s penalty-kill has been hot garbage in the preseason. While the games don’t “count” in the preseason, the performance on the PK has given us no reason to have confidence in the Blackhawks’ abilities a man-down. If there ever was a game to have a clean-sheet on the penalty-kill, tonight is that night for another opportunity to build confidence.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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