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

The Anaheim Ducks went through, and are still going through, a rebuild process. They’ve drafted and developed well, while also hanging onto a couple of key pieces. It’s what the Blackhawks have wanted to do on multiple occasions in the last few seasons, but failed to stay the course. Now, Chicago is in the bottom-third of the NHL, while the Ducks have ascended to the top-third of the league and are in a Stanley Cup Playoff position currently. The Blackhawks hold a three-game winning streak coming into tonight’s contest and have won four straight games against the Ducks. Chicago also holds victories in five of their last six games overall against Anaheim, while the Ducks are 2-5-1 in their last eight games since the extended Christmas Holiday break.

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 (14-18-5)

Hagel – Reichel – Kane
DeBrincat – Toews – Kubalík 
Borgström – Lafferty – Kurashev
Khaira – Carpenter – Entwistle

de Haan – Murphy
Stillman – Galvas
C. Jones – Gustafsson


Ducks (19-14-7)

Milano* – Getzlaf – Carrick
Comtois – Zegras – Rakell
Grant – Lundestrom – Silfverberg
Deslauriers – Steel – Robinson

Fowler – Manson
Lindholm – Drysdale
Larsson – Shattenkirk


(*Game-time decision)

Injury Report


Tyler Johnson (Three Months – Neck Surgery)
Brett Connolly (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)
Dylan Strome (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)
Kirby Dach (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)
Seth Jones (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)
Jake McCabe (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)
Reese Johnson (IR – Broken Clavicle)


Sonny Milano (Day-to-Day – Upper Body)
John Gibson (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)
Troy Terry (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)
Simon Benoit (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)
Josh Mahura (Day-to-Day – Upper Body)
Adam Henrique (Day-to-Day – Lower Body)

What To Watch For

•   Alex DeBrincat was named to the NHL All-Star game on Thursday evening, celebrating by getting an assist in the game. He has 15 points in his last 16 games since December 2, and his nine goals scored since December 15 lead the NHL in that span.

•   Marc-André Fleury will be making his sixth-straight start for Chicago tonight. He is 3-1-1 in his previous five starts with a .903 save-percentage. Over his last 11 starts since December 2, Fleury is 7-2-2 with a .907 save-percentage, a 2.76 GAA, and a shutout on December 9 against the Montreal Canadiens.

•   Patrick Kane scored a goal on Thursday night to end a 13-game drought. He also has 15 points in his last 16 games, including eight points (one goal, seven assists) over his current six-game point-streak.

Get Caught Up

written by

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

more blackhawks news

Game 7! Offer Sheet Possible? Preseason Dates, Arizona Out? and Other Blackhawks Bullets

This is an interesting nugget from Pierre LeBrun. We've talked about the Blackhawks potential interest in Carolina forward Martin Nečas a lot here recently. And Carolina has reportedly been asking for a top-six caliber forward (at least) in a deal...

Around the NHL: Larkin Surgery, a Wild-Devils Trade, Colgiano Retires, More

As we get closer to the 2024 NHL Draft, more moves and news is starting to bubble around the league. Here are some noteworthy items from around the league on Friday as we get set for Game Six of the...

Stanley Cup Final: Game Six – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Can the Panthers end this thing tonight? Do the Oilers force a seemingly improbably Game 7? Can anyone slow down Connor McDavid?!? There's so much drama heading into tonight's game and the house is going to be rocking in Edmonton....

NHL Draft Rankings: Let’s Compare Four Notable Lists

Throughout this offseason, I've been doing my best to keep Blackhawks fans up-to-date with rumors and speculation about how things might play out as we inch closer to the 2024 NHL Draft. This is a big draft for the Chicago...

Happy 20th Kevin, New Draft Rankings, Marveling at McDavid, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

Happy Friday, and Happy Birthday to Kevin Korchinski! Kevin gets to flip the first digit of his age to a 2 today, finishing his second decade of life. He played last season as the youngest defenseman in the entire NHL...

2024 NHL Mock Draft: One Week Away Two-Round Edition

We only have a max of two hockey games left for the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and then it's on to the offseason. But we're only one week away from Day One of the 2024 NHL Draft. Which means it's...

Oliver Moore Invited to USA Hockey 2024 World Junior Showcase

On Thursday, USA Hockey announced the 46 players invited to their 2024 World Junior Summer Showcase, which will take place July 26-Aug. 3 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich. One of the players invited is Blackhawks forward prospect Oliver...

Blackhawks Sign Cole Guttman

On Thursday morning, the Blackhawks announced the team has signed forward Cole Guttman on a one-year, two-way contract that runs through the 2024-25 season. The deal has a $775,000 cap hit. Guttman, 25, signed as a college free agent with the...

Demidov’s Size, Interesting Draft Rankings, Laine Buzz, Another Pick on the Market, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

Blackhawks fans continue to inch closer to the start of the 2024 NHL Draft, which means more mock drafts and more final rankings are dropping. I went thru Corey Pronman's amazing, 7-round mock draft yesterday. But there was another hefty...

Connor McDavid Is On A Different Planet Right Now

I've done some Stanley Cup Final game recaps, and I think there has been a time and place for those. But after Games 4 and 5, there's really only one way to analyze what we've seen. Connor McDavid has reached...

Latest News

Saturday’s WNBA Picks and Predictions – June 22

The WNBA lineup today, which includes the Phoenix Mercury taking on the Minnesota Lynx as one of three games, is not one to miss.If you're interested in the best bets and computer picks for today's WNBA games, we're here to...

Yankees vs. Braves Probable Starting Pitchers – June 22

The Atlanta Braves (42-31) have an away game against the New York Yankees (51-27), who are coming off a three-game losing streak. Saturday's matchup starts at 7:15 PM ET.The Yankees will give the nod to Marcus Stroman (6-3, 3.19 ERA),...

Padres vs. Brewers Probable Starting Pitchers – June 22

After winning their past three games, the San Diego Padres (40-40) host the Milwaukee Brewers (44-32) at PETCO Park on Saturday at 7:15 PM ET.The probable starters are Randy Vasquez (1-4) for the Padres and Carlos Rodriguez (0-2) for the...

Panthers vs. Oilers Stanley Cup Final Game 7 Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History and Picks – Monday, June 24, 2024

The Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers face off on Monday at Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, and the bookmakers have the home team at -115 and the visitor at -105.Watch the NHL on Fubo!Panthers vs. Oilers Favorite, Moneyline, TotalFavorite: Panthers...

Orioles vs. Astros Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, June 22, 2024

Two of the league's best hurlers take the mound Saturday when the Baltimore Orioles (49-26) and Houston Astros (36-40) square off at 4:10 PM ET, live on MASN. Corbin Burnes (2.14 ERA) gets the ball for the Orioles (-155 favorites...

Mariners vs. Marlins Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, June 22, 2024

The Seattle Mariners (44-34) will try to put a stop to their current three-game losing streak when they visit the Miami Marlins (26-49) at 4:10 PM ET on ROOT Sports NW Saturday. Sportsbooks consider the Mariners to be -169 favorites...

Red Sox vs. Reds Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, June 22, 2024

Following a big two-homer game last time out, Jeimer Candelario leads the Cincinnati Reds (36-39) into action as +105 underdogs against the Boston Red Sox (40-36). First pitch from Great American Ball Park at 4:10 PM ET on Saturday, live...

Twins vs. Athletics Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, June 22, 2024

The Minnesota Twins (41-35), led by Royce Lewis on a three-game home run streak, are -157 favorites on the moneyline to defeat the Oakland Athletics (29-49). First pitch is set for 4:07 PM ET Saturday, live from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum...

Phillies vs. Diamondbacks Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, June 22, 2024

The Philadelphia Phillies (49-26) are set to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks (38-38) Saturday at 4:05 PM ET, airing on NBCS-PH. The Phillies are listed as -245 favorites by oddsmakers, while the underdog Diamondbacks have +201 odds for the contest.Zack...

Rangers vs. Royals Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, June 22, 2024

The Texas Rangers (35-40) are favorites (-148) on the moneyline when they take on the Kansas City Royals (42-35) Saturday at 4:05 PM ET, live on MLB Network.Jon Gray will get the ball for Texas while Kansas City will counter...

more blackhawks news