Pre-Gamin': Rangers at Blackhawks (7:30 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Rangers at Blackhawks (7:30 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks return to Chicago for a quick home game before hitting the road again later this week, giving Marc-André Fleury a shot at notching career win No. 500 in front of the home fans against the New York Rangers. Eddie Olczyk, who drafted the future Hall of Fame goaltender first overall in the 2003 NHL Draft, will be in the booth tonight, calling what could be win No. 500 for Fleury.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 7:30 p.m. CT
Radio: WGN 720 AM, TUDN 1200 AM (Spanish)

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (9-13-2)

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

de Haan- S. Jones
McCabe – Murphy
Stillman – Gustaffson


Rangers (16-4-3)

Kreider – Zibanejad – Kakko
Panarin – Strome – Hunt
Lafrenière – Chytil – Gauthier
Rooney – Woodrow – Reaves

Lindgren – Fox
Miller – Trouba
Nemeth – Lundkvist


Injury Report


MacKenzie Entwistle (Week-to-Week – Ankle)
Tyler Johnson (Three Months – Neck Surgery)
Caleb Jones (Day-to-Day – Non-COVID illness)


Igor Shesterkin (Day-to-Day – Lower Body)
Greg McKegg (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)

What To Watch For

•   Marc-André Fleury gets the start tonight for the Blackhawks in net, looking for career win No. 500 against the Rangers at the United Center. Fleury is 6-2-0 with a .944 save percentage in his last eight starts, the third-best mark among all goaltenders who have started at least six games in that span (since November 9).

•   Patrick Kane, after a rough five-game stretch in which he tallied just one assist, is looking like he’s ready to turn the corner in December with three regulation points in his last three games and a pair of game-winning goals in the shootout in that same span. Kane logged a goal and an assist in the Blackhawks’ 3-2 loss to the Rangers on Saturday night in New York.

•   The Blackhawks have scored twice on the power play in their last three games and will look to continue to improve on the man-advantage against the Rangers are right in the middle of the pack (15th) when it comes to the penalty kill at 82.4 percent this season. The Blackhawks were up near 40 percent on the power play through the first 12 games of the season but have since converted just three times in 28 opportunities.

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