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

Chicago Blackhawks

If you didn’t know by now, tonight’s game between the Blackhawks and Coyotes is not going to be broadcast on television. Can you blame the NHL? Well, yes, yes you can. But the game between the last two teams to get a win this season will be exclusively on ESPN+ and Hulu streaming services. There will also be a National broadcast team working the game tonight, so no Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk, or their carousel of broadcasters on the call.

Fun fact: tonight is the first time the Blackhawks and Coyotes will play each other as divisional opponents since April 12, 1998 when the Coyotes were previously a member of the Central Division.

Chicago enters the game having won their last two contests to improve to 2-0-0 under interim head coach Derek King and 3-9-2 on the season. Arizona, who earned their first and only win of the season on November 6th against the Seattle Kraken, come into the game having lost 10 of their last 11 games in regulation.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 7:30 p.m. CT
TV: ESPN+/Hulu (No TV broadcast tonight)
Radio: WGN 720 AM, TUDN 1200 AM (Spanish)

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (3-9-2)

DeBrincat – Dach – Kane
Kubalík – Toews – Khaira
Borgström – Strome – Kurashev
Hardman – Carpenter – R. Johnson

Stillman – Jones
McCabe – Murphy
de Haan – Gustafsson

Fleury

Coyotes (1-11-1)

Ladd – Hayton – Keller
Crouse – Larsson – Kessel
Eriksson – Boyd – Fischer
Roussel – Beagle – Galchenyuk

Chychurn – Stralman
Gostisbehere – Mayo
Capobianco – Lyubushkin

Wedgewood

Injury Report

Blackhawks:

Caleb Jones (Week-to-Week – Wrist)
Brandon Hagel (Day-to-Day – Shoulder)
MacKenzie Entwistle (Week-to-Week – Ankle)
Tyler Johnson (COVID-19 Protocol)

Coyotes:

Nick Schmaltz (Week-to-Week – Upper Body)
Connor Timmins (Week-to-Week – Lower Body)
Ryan Dzingel (Week-to-Week – Upper Body)
Carter Hutton (Day-to-Day – Lower Body)

What To Watch For

•   Marc-André Fleury gets the start in net for Chicago tonight. He has won his last five career starts against the Coyotes, recording two shutouts in the process. He is coming off his second win of the season after stopping 42 of 44 shots and two shootout attempts against his former Penguins club on Tuesday night.

•   Seth Jones brings a five-game point-streak into tonight’s contest. He has a goal and four assists over his last five games and scored his first goal as a member of the Blackhawks on Tuesday night in the shootout win over the Penguins. Jones ranks second on the team with 12 points in 14 games this season and is currently tied with Brent Burns for the most assists by a defenseman in the NHL.

•   Chicago and Arizona have a number of connections in tonight’s game. Former Coyotes 2015 third-overall pick Dylan Strome began his career in Arizona before coming to the Blackhawks in 2018. Strome has one goal and one assist in five games against his former club. Connor Murphy is also facing his former club, drafted by the Coyotes 20th overall in 2011. Murphy has faced Arizona eight times since coming to the Blackhawks and has two assists in those eight appearances. Former Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champion Andrew Ladd lines up against Chicago tonight for the 18th time in his career. Ladd has skated in 203 of his 962 career NHL regular season games in a Blackhawks sweater from 2008-10 and 2016. Ladd has two goals and an assist in 12 games this season with the Coyotes.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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