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

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

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks are back in action tonight after a few days off, and this one is sure to have all the feels as Duncan Keith is in town with the Oilers skating on the United Center ice as a visitor for the first time. The Blackhawks will also be honoring Niklas Hjalmarsson with his legacy night tonight, putting two of the greatest players from the “One Goal” era back in the building on the same night.

The Blackhawks will be getting a boost to the lineup on Thursday night with Jonathan Toews (concussion protocol), Tyler Johnson (neck), Riley Stillman (left shoulder), and Calvin de Haan (groin) all suiting up after spending time on IR and out of the lineup recently. Toews and Stillman have been out since late January, while Johnson has been out since late October and became the second NHL player to have artificial disk replacement surgery in his neck in early December.

First, let’s reminisce on some of the greatest Duncan Keith moments in a Blackhawks’ sweater:

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 (19-27-8)

Kubalík – Strome – Kane
DeBrincat – Toews – Johnson
Hagel – Dach – Entwistle
Kurashev – Carpenter – Lafferty

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

Fleury

Oilers (30-21-3)

Foegele – McDavid – Hyman
Kane – Draisaitl – Yamamoto
Shore – McLeod – Ryan
Benson – Malone – Lagesson

Nurse – Barrie
Keith – Bouchard
Niemelainen – Ceci

Koskinen

Injury Report

Blackhawks:

Reese Johnson (IR – Broken Clavicle)
Jujhar Khaira (LTIR – Back Spasms)

Oilers:

Ryan Nugget-Hopkins (Day-to-Day – Upper Body)
Kyle Turris (IR – Undisclosed)
Jesse Puljujarvi (IR – Lower Body)
Josh Archibald (IR – Chest)
Zack Kassian (IR – Jaw)
Oscar Klefbom (IR – Shoulder)

What To Watch For

•   The Blackhawks defeated the Oilers 4-1 at Rogers Place on February 9 on the strength of a three-point night for Alex DeBrincat, who tallied a goal and a pair of assists in the victory. Kirby Dach, Brandon Hagel, and Dylan Strome all added multi-point nights in Edmonton, with each scoring a goal and recording a helper.

•  Patrick Kane has logged 11 points (five goals and six assists) in his last eight games and has recorded a point in five of his previous six games against the Oilers with three goals and four assists in that span.

•   Three-time Stanley Cup champion Duncan Keith is skating his first game as a visitor at the United Center tonight. Keith skated in the second-most games (1,192) in team history and won two Norris Trophies as a member of the Blackhawks. He also trails only Doug Wilson in points for Blackhawks defenseman all time.

It’s been a busy week for the Blackhawks, with Kyle Davidson named the new GM. The trade deadline is right around the corner, so if you have any questions about the immediate or long-term future, drop them in the comments or email me at [email protected] I’ll the Blackhawks answer whatever comes into me in the next 24 hours or so with the mailbag running on Saturday.

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Author: Patrick K. Flowers

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