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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Golden Knights (9:00 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Blackhawks

Coming into tonight’s contest, the Blackhawks have lost six-straight games, going 0-3-3 over that span and includes a 6-4 loss to the NHL’s worst team, the Arizona Coyotes, in their last outing. They’ll face the Vegas Golden Knights in game two of a three-game road trip, with the Golden Knights leading the Pacific Division and the Western Conference with a 23-13-1 record and 47 points in the standings. Tonight’s biggest storyline will be the return of Marc-André Fleury to Vegas to face his former club. In four seasons with the Golden Knights, Fleury was 117-60-14 with a .917 save-percentage and a 2.41 GAA. He helped Vegas to the Stanley Cup Final in 2018 and won the Vezina Trophy last season prior to being traded to Chicago.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 9:00 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH, ESPN+ (out-of-market)
Radio: WGN 720 AM, TUDN 1200 AM (Spanish)

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (11-18-5)

Kubalík- Toews – Kane
DeBrincat – Strome – Connolly
Kurashev – Dach – Entwistle
Khaira – Borgström – Carpenter

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

Fleury

Golden Knights (23-13-1)

Dadonov – Stephenson – Stone
Marchessault – Karlsson – Smith
Janmark – Roy – Kolesar
Carrier – Howden – Patrick

McNabb – Pietrangelo
Theodore – Whitecloud
Hutton – Coghlan

Lehner

Injury Report

Blackhawks:

Tyler Johnson (Three Months – Neck Surgery)
Kevin Lankinen (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)
Brandon Hagel (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)
Sam Lafferty (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)
Erik Gustafsson (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)
Reese Johnson (IR – Broken Clavicle)

Golden Knights:

Laurent Brossoit (Day-to-Day – Undisclosed)
Nicolas Hague (Day-to-Day – Wrist)
Max Pacioretty (IR – Wrist)
Jack Eichel (IR – Neck)

What To Watch For

•   The biggest story of the night will be Marc-André Fleury’s return to Vegas. After coming to the Golden Knights in the Vegas expansion draft, Fleury was a pillar for the expansion franchise. He helped the Golden Knights to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season and won the 2021 Vezina Trophy with them. He is 9-11-2 this season with Chicago, but is 0-1-2 with a .865 save-percentage in his last three starts for the Blackhawks.

•   Patrick Kane has seven points in last six regular-season games against Vegas. Alex DeBrincat has seven points in his last seven games against the Golden Knights, including three multi-point games. They have on the ice for 30 goals together this season, which is tied for the second-most in the NHL, trailing just Connor McDavid and Leon Draistail with 46.

•   Chicago has the worst penalty-kill in the NHL since November 7, killing just 66.7% of their shorthanded chances. They have allowed a powerplay goal in 14 of their last 20 games and are facing a Golden Knights powerplay that ranks 17th in the NHL this season with a 19.0% success-rate.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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