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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks vs. Maple Leafs (6:30 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Blackhawks

Believe it or not, the Blackhawks have to play an actual hockey game tonight. Just a day after the findings of the independent investigation into their mishandling of alleged sexual abuse within their organization was made public, and just more than an hour after the identity of the victim became known to the public (with Kyle Beach joining TSN’s Sports Centre), the Blackhawks have to take the ice against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Once again, Jeremy Colliton hasn’t released a lineup for tonight’s game due to the Blackhawks having five players in the COVID-19 protocols as of this morning’s practice (Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Henrik Borgstrõm, Ryan Carpenter, and Riley Stillman).

Reese Johnson and Ian Mitchell were recalled for Sunday’s loss to the Red Wings, but no other roster moves have been made today to fill the holes created by the COVID-19 absences.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 6:30 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH
Radio: WGN 720 AM, WRTO 1200 AM (Spanish)

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (0-5-1)

The Blackhawks have not released a lineup at the time of publishing due to multiple players entering the COVID-19 protocols. 

Maple Leafs (2-4-1)

Bunting – Matthews – Nylander
Kerfoot – Tavares – Marner
Engvall – Kampf – Kase
Ritchie – Spezza – Simmonds

Rielly – Brodie
Muzzin – Holl
Sandin – Dermott

Campbell
Hutchison 

Injury Report

Blackhawks:

Wyatt Kalynuk (Day-to-Day – Ankle)
Caleb Jones (Week-to-Week – Wrist)
Patrick Kane (COVID-19 Protocols)
Jonathan Toews (COVID-19 Protocols)
Henrik Borgstrōm (COVID-19 Protocols)
Riley Stillman (COVID-19 Protocols)
Ryan Carpenter (COVID-19 Protocols)

Red Wings: 

Petr Mrazek (Day-to-Day – Groin)
Alex Steeves (IR – Shoulder)
Ilya Mikheyev (IR – Thumb)

What To Watch For

•   Somehow the Blackhawks will need to try to play an actual hockey game tonight after a whirlwind 24 hours that has rocked the building and changed the landscape of the hockey operations department within the organization. Oh, and they’re just looking for their first win of the season in their seventh attempt, without five regulars in the lineup. No pressure.

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Author: Patrick K. Flowers

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