Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Flames (8:00 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Flames (8:00 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Blackhawks

The road-trip comes to an end tonight for the Blackhawks as they travel to Calgary to take on the Western Conference-leading Flames. Chicago is coming off a 1-0 win over the Canucks that was backstopped by Marc-André Fleury earning his first shutout as a member of the Blackhawks. Since making a change behind the bench, the Blackhawks are 5-1-0 heading into tonight’s contest and are scoring just 2.17 goals per game over that stretch. On the flip-side, Chicago is allowing just 1.83 goals per game, the third-fewest in the NHL since November 7.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 8:00 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH, ESPN+ (Out of Market)
Radio: WGN 720 AM, TUDN 1200 AM (Spanish)

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (6-10-2)

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

de Haan – S. Jones
McCabe – Murphy
C. Jones – Gustafsson


Flames (11-3-5)

Gaudreau – Lindholm – Tkachuk
Coleman – Backlund – Mangiapane
Dube – Monahan – Pitlick
Lucic – Richardson – Lewis

Hanifin – Andersson
Kylington – Tanev
Zadorov – Gudbranson


Injury Report


MacKenzie Entwistle (Week-to-Week – Ankle)
Tyler Johnson (Day-to-Day – Neck)
Riley Stillman (Day-to-Day – Lower Body)


Brett Ritchie (Day-to-Day – Lower Body)

What To Watch For

•   Marc-André Fleury gets the start for the Blackhawks tonight following his 40-save shutout performance on Sunday night against Vancouver. Fleury is 5-7-0 on the season, having won his last four starts in-a-row. Over his last four appearances for Chicago, Fleury has a .964 save-percentage and has allowed just fives goals.

•   While Fleury is leading the Blackhawks’ resurgence in net, the Flames have enjoyed the NHL’s best goaltending all season. Leading the league in combined shutouts with seven through 19 games, Calgary ranks first in the league with a team .936 save-percentage. Jakob Markstrom, Calgary’s starter tonight, is 7-3-4 this season with wins in back-to-back starts for the Flames. He has a league-leading five shutouts in 14 starts this season and has allowed just nine goals over his last six appearances.

•   Flames breakout forward Andrew Mangiapane has taken the momentum he built from this past summer’s World Championships into this season with Calgary. He ranks third on the team in points (17) and has scored 15 goals through 19 games, ranking in a tie for second in the NHL with Alex Ovechkin. Mangiapane is riding a three-game goal-scoring streak with five goals over that span and has scored eight goals over his last eight games.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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