Pre-Gamin': Blackhawks vs Canucks (6:30 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks vs Canucks (6:30 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Blackhawks

Only two games remain for the Blackhawks before the NHL All-Star break, tonight and Wednesday night. For tonight, the Blackhawks host the Vancouver Canucks, a team five points ahead of them in the Western Conference standings and the first team directly ahead of them based on point-percentages. If you still think that Chicago can claw their way back into playoff contention, these are the games they need to win. The Canucks come into Chicago having lost four of their last five games, but three of those four losses came in overtime or the shootout. Chicago has earned points in seven of their last ten games, but have lost five of their last six games.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 6:30 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH, ESPN+ (out-of-market)
Radio: WGN 720 AM, TUDN 1200 AM (Spanish)

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (16-21-7)

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

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

Fleury

Canucks (19-19-6)

Podkolzin – Miller – Boeser
Pettersson – Horvat – Garland
Motte – Lammikko – Highmore
Hoglander – Dickinson – Chiasson

Ekman-Larsson – Myers
Hughes – Schenn
Hunt – Juulsen

Halak

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)

Canucks:

Guillaume Brisebois – (Day-to-Day – Undisclosed)
Tanner Pearson (Day-to-Day – COVID Protocol)
Tucker Poolman (Day-to-Day – Illness)
Travis Hamonic (Indefinitely- Lower Body)

What To Watch For

•   Dylan Strome has been on fire for the Blackhawks in recent weeks. Over his past two games, he has three goals and three assists. Over his past 11 games since January 1, he has 11 points and has moved into sixth on the team in scoring with 18 points in 31 games. He has also improved at the faceoff dot, winning 55.7% of his draws this season which is second on the team behind Jonathan Toews. Since January 1, Strome ranks third in the NHL out of 61 players to take at east 135 faceoffs with a 61.5% win-rate.

•   Marc-André Fleury will be making his 11th start for Chicago in their last 12 games played. Fleury is 5-4-2 in those 11 games with a .903 save-percentage and a 2.93 GAA. While earlier this month, Fleury was the hot-hand in net for Chicago, he has allowed four or more goals in three of his last four starts, including four against the Minnesota Wild on January 21 before getting pulled in the second period, the second time he has been pulled from a game this season.

•   J.T. Miller has been on a tear for the Canucks recently with 15 points in his last 12 games. Miller paces the Canucks this season with 44 points in 42 games. He had a four-game point-streak, in which he recorded eight points, snapped on Saturday night against the Calgary Flames.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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