This afternoon matchup for the Chicago Blackhawks and Seattle Kraken could not be more of a trap game for the Blackhawks if you tried. The Blackhawks are making their second trip to Seattle this season, having beaten the Kraken earlier this year, 4-2, in their first-ever matchup in franchise history.
If you believe the Blackhawks are good enough to be considered the potential victims of a “trap game,” consider this: Chicago comes into this game having won their last four-straight, while the Kraken have lost their last nine games in-a-row with an 0-8-1 record during that stretch. Seattle has scored more than three goals in a game just three times since December 1, having a 1-1-1 record in those three games. On the flip-side, Chicago has scored more than three goals in a game four times since December 1, going 2-2-0 in those games.
Puck Drop: 4:00 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH, ESPN+ (out-of-market)
Radio: WGN 720 AM, TUDN 1200 AM (Spanish)
Hagel – Borgström – Kane
DeBrincat – Toews – Kubalík
Kurashev – Lafferty – Hardman
Khaira – Carpenter – Entwistle
de Haan – Murphy
Stillman – McCabe
C. Jones – Gustafsson
Johansson – McCann – Eberle
Donato – Gourde – Jarnkrok
Donskoi – Wennberg – Appleton
Sheahan – True – Blackwell
Lauzon – Giordano
Larsson – Dunn
Oleksiak – Soucy
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)
Reese Johnson (IR – Broken Clavicle)
Chris Dredger (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)
Morgan Geekie (Day-to-Day – Upper Body)
Jaden Schwartz (Week-to-Week – Hand)
Brandon Tanev (Out For Season – Knee)
What To Watch For
• Chicago enters today’s game on a four-game win-streak. During this four-game run, Chicago has not allowed more than two goals in a game and Marc-André Fleury has been in net for every win. Fleury is 4-0-0 with a .959 save percentage, 1.24 goals-against average and a shutout in that stretch and is 12-4-2 with a .929 save-percentage since November 7. He’ll make his seventh-straight start for Chicago today.
• Patrick Kane scored his ninth goal of the season in Chicago’s last outing, a 3-0 shutout of the Anaheim Ducks. That goal extended Kane’s current point-streak to a season-high seven games. He has two goals and seven assists over his seven-game streak and leads the Blackhawks with 34 points in 34 games this season.
• Chicago and Seattle are two clubs made for each other. Seattle’s powerplay this season is ranked 19th in the NHL, Chicago is 20th. Seattle’s penalty-kill is ranked 23rd in the NHL, Chicago’s is 26th. Chicago is 20th in the NHL in faceoff win-percentage, Seattle is 21st. Seattle is 24th in goals scored per game, Chicago is 29th. Chicago is 22nd in goals allowed per game, Seattle is 31st.
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Derek King said Seth Jones has tested out of COVID protocol, but it didn’t make sense to have him fly last minute to Seattle and play major minutes.
— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) January 17, 2022
Marc-Andre Fleury starts today for Blackhawks vs. Kraken.
Borgstrom up to 1C where Reichel was. Hardman draws in. McCabe in for Galvas on defense.
— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) January 17, 2022
— Bleacher Nation Blackhawks (@BN_Blackhawks) January 17, 2022