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Patrick Kane’s Status, Red Wings Day, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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It’s Red Wings day for the Chicago Blackhawks! It’s a real shame that conference realignment moved Detroit into the Eastern Conference, watering down one of the greatest rivalries in sports. Still, there’s not much cooler than a packed United Center chanting “DEE-TROIT SUCKS!” at the top of their lungs, especially when the Blackhawks are beating them, something that has eluded Chicago this season.

• Unfortunately, the winless Blackhawks might have to try to break into the win column tonight without their best player as Patrick Kane is currently in COVID-19 protocols, and his status for tonight is up in the air.

•   The good news is that Ryan Carpenter and Erik Gustafsson both participated in the team’s optional morning skate at the United Center this morning, which likely means that they’ve cleared COVID-19 protocols and will play against Detroit. However, Patrick Kane was not a participant in this morning’s skate, and head coach Jeremy Colliton declined to comment on whether or not Kane will play tonight.

•   So, we’ll see what happens. As of now, there are no lineups available for tonight, but I would imagine that you can count on Marc-André Fleury in net for the Blackhawks. If Kane can’t clear the protocols, forward Reese Johnson — who was recalled from Rockford yesterday — could take Kane’s place in the lineup.

•   The Blackhawks might also be without forward Jujhar Khaira tonight after leaving the morning skate with an undisclosed issue.

•   Whatever the lineup ends up being tonight, let’s hope that the Blackhawks can get on the scoreboard early and get in front of Detroit. If not, there’ on pace to break the record for the longest drought without a lead to start a season in NHL history. As Mark Potash points out this morning, the California Golden Seals went 324 minutes and 25 seconds before their first lead during the 1970 NHL season. Entering tonight, the Blackhawks have played 300 minutes and 57 seconds without a lead to open the season. If we get into the second period and the Blackhawks aren’t leading, they’ll be in dangerous territory of breaking this historical low point.

•   Happy Birthday, Jamal Mayers!

•   This is pretty cool:

•.  ICYMI:

•.  The Bulls keep on rolling after a clobbering Detroit last night. They’re off to a perfect 3-0 start to the season.

•.  BEAR DOWN!

That’s it for today!



Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is a Staff Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.