Pre-Gamin': Blackhawks at Avalanche (8:00 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Avalanche (8:00 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Blackhawks

For the first of two meetings between the teams this week, the Blackhawks and Avalanche square-up in Denver tonight for their third meeting of the season. Colorado, having won both of the previous games, comes into tonight having won their last six games in-a-row, with their last three games needing overtime or a shootout. Chicago, on the other hand, has dropped their last three games coming into tonight and hold a 15-19-7 record at the mid-way point of the season, seven points behind San Jose in the second wildcard spot in the Western Conference. Colorado leads the Central Division and Western Conference with a 28-8-3 record.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 8:00 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH, ESPN+ (out-of-market)
Radio: WGN 720 AM, TUDN 1200 AM (Spanish)

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (15-19-7)

Hagel – Strome – Kane
DeBrincat – Toews – Lafferty 
Kurashev – Dach – Kubalík
Borgström – Carpenter – Entwistle

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


Avalanche (28-8-3)

Landeskog – MacKinnon – Rantanen
Nichushkin – Kadri – Burakovsky
O’Connor – Newhook – Compher
Jost – Maltsev – Aube-Kubel

Toews – Makar
J. Johnson – Girard
MacDermid – E. Johnson


Injury Report


Tyler Johnson (Three Months – Neck Surgery)
Kevin Lankinen (Day-to-Day – Hand)
Riley Stillman (IR – Upper Body
Reese Johnson (IR – Broken Clavicle)
Jujhar Khaira (IR – Back Spasms)


Ryan Murray (Day-to-Day – Upper Body)
Darren Helm (Week-to-Week – Lower Body)
Bowen Byram (Day-to-Day – Undisclosed)
Jacob MacDonald (Day-to-Day – Upper Body)

What To Watch For

•   The Avalanche are a machine of a team. They come into tonight’s game having won their last six games in-a-row, recorded at least one point in their last 12 games (11-0-1), and their last regulation loss came on December 1 against the Maple Leafs (17-1-2). The Avalanche have 15-straight home wins  and have not lost at home since November 3, an overtime loss to the Blue Jackets. They only have two losses in regulation at home this season, both coming in October.

•   Colorado comes into tonight with the NHL’s top point-percentage (.756), scoring the most goals-per-game (4.15), and are fifth in the league with 35.1 shots on goal per game.

•   Patrick Kane was held off the scoresheet on Saturday night, snapping a nine-game points streak. He still leads the Blackhawks in points this season with 37 in 36 games played. Kane recorded six shots on goal in Saturday night’s shootout loss to the Wild, marking the second time this season Kane has tallied six or more shots on goal in a game without recording a point.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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