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

Fleury

Ducks (19-14-7)

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

Fowler – Manson
Lindholm – Drysdale
Larsson – Shattenkirk

Dostal

(*Game-time decision)

Injury Report

Blackhawks:

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)

Ducks:

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

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

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