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

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

Chicago Blackhawks

On Monday night, the Blackhawks put in one of their better efforts of the season when facing a team that is far-and-away better than then. It was good, but not good enough and they lost to the Avalanche 2-0. Tonight, they’ll look to get their first win over the Avalanche this season, in the teams’ final meeting of the year, with their dreams of a playoff push teetering on the edge. Chicago snapped a four-game losing streak with their 8-5 win over the Red Wings on Wednesday night, but face a Colorado team that has won their last eight-straight games and has not lost in regulation since December 16 (13-0-1).

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 (16-20-7)

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

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

Fleury

Avalanche (30-8-3)

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

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

Francouz

Injury Report

Blackhawks:

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

Avalanche:

Ryan Murray (Day-to-Day – Upper Body)
Nathan MacKinnon (Day-to-Day – Facial Fracture)
Darren Helm (Week-to-Week – Lower Body)
Bowen Byram (Day-to-Day – Undisclosed)

What To Watch For

•   Dylan Strome is coming off of one of his best performances of his NHL career. On Wednesday night, he recorded his first NHL hat-trick and added an assist in Chicago’s 8-5 win over the Detroit Red Wings. He’ll be the top center for the Blackhawks while Jonathan Toews is out of the lineup. Playing between Brandon Hagel and Patrick Kane has done wonders for him, recording nine points over this last eight games.

•   Marc-André Fleury will be in net again tonight for Chicago, making his tenth start over the last 11 games for the Blackhawks. He is 5-3-2 in those ten games with a .908 save-percentage and a 2.81 GAA. While he earned the win on Wednesday night against the Red Wings, his stats weren’t helped after allowing five goals on 33 shots faced. On Monday night, Fleury faced this same Colorado team, making 27-of-29 saves in a 2-0 loss. Let’s hope that version of Fleury shows up again tonight.

•   The Avalanche have tallied 27 points in the month of January (13-0-1), the most points in the month of January in NHL history. This Avs team is also the fastest team to reach 30 wins this season and have also reached the 30-win marker faster than any other team in the franchise’s history. Even without Nathan MacKinnon tonight, Colorado is still a wagon.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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