Pre-Gamin': Blackhawks at Stars (7:00 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Stars (7:00 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Blackhawks

After a very disappointing effort against the short-staffed Predators last night, the Blackhawks turn around and head to Dallas to take on the Stars for game two on back-to-back nights. Luckily for the Blackhawks, the Stars are also coming in on night two of back-to-back games.  Chicago has alternated wins and losses over their last 14 games, with a 7-6-1 record over that span. Dallas comes into tonight’s game with a three-point cushion over the Blackhawks in the Central Division standings, but have lost their last five games in-a-row, all in regulation, scoring just seven goals over that span.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH, ESPN+ (Out-of-market)
Radio: WGN 720 AM, TUDN 1200 AM (Spanish)

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (11-15-3)

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

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

Lankinen

Stars (13-12-2)

Robertson – Hintz – Pavelsk
Peterson – Benn – Seguin
Raffl – Faksa – Radulov
Tufte – Glendening – Gurianov

Suter – Klingberg
Lindell – Hakanpaa
Harley – Sekera 

Oettinger

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)

Stars:

Joel Kiviranta (Day-to-Day – Upper Body)
Miro Heiskanen (Day-to-Day – non-COVID Illness)

What To Watch For

•   Today is Alex DeBrincat’s 24th Birthday. It would be awesome if he scored a goal or three on his birthday. Last season, DeBrincat owned the Stars, recording seven goals and nine points in eight games. He had four multi-point games against Dallas last season.

•   Jonathan Toews and Dominik Kubalík are pacing the Blackhawks currently, with Toews on a four-game point-streak and Kubalík with points in his last three games. Toews scored the game-tying goal last night, his third goal in his last four games after going without a goal in his first 25 to begin the year.

•   Kevin Lankinen gets the start tonight for the second of back-to-back games for the Blackhawks. Lankinen won four of five starts last season against the Stars. He is 2-5-2 this season with a .882 save-percentage and a 3.39 GAA.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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