Pre-Gamin': Blackhawks at Oilers (7:00 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Oilers (7:00 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Blackhawks

After a week off the Chicago Blackhawks are back in action tonight in Edmonton! Marc-André Fleury is between the pipes as the Blackhawks take on the high-powered Oilers offensive attack. But, before the puck drops in Edmonton tonight, make sure to catch Danny Wirtz and David Kaplan on Blackhawks Pregame Live.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m. CT
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Radio: WGN 720 AM, TUDN 1200 AM (Spanish)

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (16-23-7)

Kubalík — Strome — Kane
DeBrincat — Dach — Hagel
Kurashev — Slavin — Lafferty
Borgström — Carpenter — Entwistle

de Haan — S. Jones
McCabe — Murphy
C. Jones — Galvas


Oilers (23-17-3)

Kane – McDavid – Yamamoto
McLeod – Draisaitl – Kassian 
Hyman – Nugent-Hopkins – Puljujarvi
Foegele – Shore — Ryan 

Nurse — Bouchard
Keith – Ceci

Lagesson – Barrie


Injury Report


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


Oscar Klefbom (IR — Shoulder)
Josh Archibald (IR — Chest)
Kris Russell (IR – Undisclosed)

What To Watch For

•   This will be the second meeting of the season between the Edmonton Oilers and the Chicago Blackhawks, with Oilers winning the first contest in Edmonton on November 20, 5-2. Kevin Lankinen and the Blackhawks surrendered four first-period goals to the Oilers, and Alex DeBrincat was the only sign of life on offense for the Blackhawks as the All-Star forward netted both of Chicago’s goals in the loss.

•   Marc-André Fleury is back in the net for the Blackhawks tonight after getting a much-deserved week off thanks to the All-Star break. Before the Break, Fleury started 12 of 13 for the Blackhawks. Fleury enters tonight’s contest with a 2.93 GAA, and a .908 save percentage in 33 games with the Blackhawks this season.

•   The Edmonton Oilers have had their fair share of struggles this season, and they come into this game coming off a 4-0 loss to Vegas last night. However, they’re still as dangerous as any team in the NHL, with Connor McDavid (60 points), Leon Draisaitl (63 points), and Ryan Nugent Hopkins (33) combining for 156 points, which is more than the Blackhawks top five points scorers combined (Kane – 43, DeBrincat – 36, S. Jones – 29, Hagel – 24, and Toews – 19). The Blackhawks will have their work cut out for them tonight against a high-powered Edmonton attack, so I suppose it’s a good thing that Marc-André Fleury comes into tonight on a week of rest.

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Author: Patrick K. Flowers

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