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

At this point in the week, just getting to puck drop and playing the game will be a win for both the Blackhawks and Predators. Tonight’s contest is the second of back-to-back games for Nashville, coming off a win over the Avalanche last night. It is the first of back-to-back games for the Blackhawks as they will play the Predators tonight and then travel to Dallas to play the Stars tomorrow night. That is, unless COVID has anything to say about it like it has all week.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 7:30 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH, ESPN+ (Out-of-market)
Radio: WGN 720 AM, TUDN 1200 AM (Spanish)

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (11-15-2)

DeBrincat – Strome – Kane
Hagel – Toews – Entwistle
Kubalík- Dach – Kurashev
Gabriel – Slavin – Carpenter

McCabe – S. Jones
C. Jones – Murphy
Stillman – Gustafsson

Fleury 

Predators (18-10-1)

Forsberg – Sissons – Jeannot
Tolvanen – Novak – Kunin
Trenin – Glass – Olivier
Myers – Smith – Grimaldi

Josi – Fabbro
Ekholm – Carrier
Borowiecki – Benning

Saros

Injury Report

Blackhawks:

Jujhar Khaira (IR – Concussion Protocol)
Tyler Johnson (Three Months – Neck Surgery)
Henrik Borgström (Day-to-Day – Non-COVID Illness)
Calvin de Haan (Day-to-Day – Non-COVID Illness)
Reese Johnson (IR – Broken Clavicle)

Predators:

Matt Duchene (Day-to-Day – Upper Body)
Ryan Johansen (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)
Matt Luff (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)
Ben Harpur (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)
Mikael Granlund (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)
Phillip Tomasino (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)
Michael McCarron (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)
Nick Cousins (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)

What To Watch For

•   Just look at the COVID list for the Predators above here. They are shorthanded. The Blackhawks (knock on wood) have a near-full roster and have been able to avoid the recent COVID spike in the NHL. The goal tonight, outside of winning, is to come away as healthy as possible.

•   Chicago comes into tonight with a 10-6-0 record since Derek King took over, but have alternated wins and losses over their last 13 contests, having a 7-6-0 record in that time. They won their last game, an overtime thriller over the Washington Capitals, so tonight looks to be the trend-breaker for Chicago. But Nashville has momentum on their side, having won six-straight and eight of their last ten heading into tonight.

•   Marc-André Fleury starts for the Blackhawks tonight. He is 8-3-0 over his last 11 starts with Chicago, including two shutouts. He has a .935 save-percentage and a 2.06 GAA in those 11 starts.

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

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