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

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

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks continue their six-game homestand with the second game of a back-to-back set, hosting the Dallas Stars tonight following last night’s 7-4 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. This is the second meeting between these teams this season, with the Stars having won on December 18 in a 4-3 overtime game in Dallas. This is Dallas’ only trip to Chicago this season. The Blackhawks come into tonight’s game at 3-8-1 in their last 12 games since January 17. The Stars are fighting for a playoff spot, sitting just one point back of the L.A. Kings for the second wildcard spot in the Western Conference. They are six points back of the Nashville Predators for the top wildcard spot and fourth-place in the Central Division.

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 (18-25-7)

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

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

Fleury

Stars (26-19-2)

Robertson – Hintz – Pavelski
Benn – Seguin – Gurianov
Kero – Peterson – Radulov
Raffl – Glendening – Kiviranta
Faksa*

Suter – Heiskanen
Lindell – Klingberg
Harley – Hakanpaa

Oettinger

Injury Report

Blackhawks:

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

Stars:

Andrej Sekera (IR – Upper Body)

What To Watch For

•   Lukas Reichel makes his way back to the NHL tonight, beginning his second stint with the Blackhawks this season. He made his NHL debut on January 13 and played twice for Chicago during his first trip to the NHL as a rookie. Reichel, the Blackhawks’ 2020 first round draft pick, has been one of the best rookies in the AHL this season with 33 points in 33 games. He is one of eight AHL rookies to be playing at a point-per-game pace and leads the IceHogs in goals (14), assists (19), and points.

•   Marc-André Fleury returns to the net tonight for the Blackhawks. He has made 16 starts over Chicago’s last 20 games since January 1. He holds a 7-7-2 record. with a .907 save-percentage and a 2.92 GAA in those 16 starts.

•   The Blackhawks are allowing the fifth-most goals allowed per game (3.60) in the NHL since January 1, while the Stars rank 12th in the league in goals scored per game (3.22) in that same span. Chicago has scored four or more goals in four of their last eight games, going 2-2-0 in those four contests.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

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