Pre-Gamin': Blackhawks vs Panthers (2:00 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks vs Panthers (2:00 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks are back in action in a Sunday matinee with the Florida Panthers after their shootout loss to the Stars on Friday night. Today’s contest with the Panthers will be the first of two meetings this season, and the Blackhawks will have their work cut out for them this afternoon. Florida comes into town winners of eight of their last ten games, including a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night. Florida forward Mason Marchment is red-hot coming into this one with six goals and 11 points in his last five games.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 2:00 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH, ESPN+ (out-of-market)
Radio: WGN 720 AM, TUDN 1200 AM (Spanish)

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks (18-25-8)

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

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

Fleury

Panthers (34-10-5)

Verhaeghe – Barkov – Duclair
Huberdeau – Bennett – Hornqvist
Marchment – Lundell – Reinhart
Lomberg – Luostarinen – Acciar

Weegar – Ekblad
Forsling – Gudas
Carlsson – Montour

Bobrovsky

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)

Panthers:

Joe Thorton (IR – Undisclosed)
Maxim Mamin (IR – Undisclosed)
Markus Nutivaara (IR – Undisclosed)

What To Watch For

•   In Friday’s shootout loss to Dallas, Marc-André Fleury stopped all 29 shots he faced in regulation and overtime, losing on in the sixth round of the shootout. Fleury has made 17 starts since the calendar flipped to 2022, in which time he owns a .912 save percentage and a 7-7-3 record. This season, the former Vezina Trophy winner has logged four shutouts for the Blackhawks.

•  The Blackhawks own the league’s 30th-ranked offense with an average of 2.37 goals per contest and have lost 11 of their last 13 games while scoring two-or-fewer goals in seven of those games, including a 1-0 shootout loss against the Stars in their latest outing on Friday.

•   The Panthers are the only team in the league scoring an average of more than four goals per game. Florida’s lineup features a league-best nine players with at least 10 goals this season, with Aleksander Barkov (22), Sam Bennett (21), and Anthony Duclair (20) all recording more than 20 thus far.

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Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is the Lead NFL Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.