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

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

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks look to snap an eight-game losing streak tonight when they welcome the San Jose Sharks into the United Center. Pat Foley will call his final game for the Blackhawks tonight after nearly 40 years in the Chicago radio and television booth.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 7:30 p.m. CT
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Radio: WGN 720 AM, TUDN 1200 AM (Spanish)

Expected Lineups

Blackhawks – 24-38-11 (59)

DeBrincat – Strome – Kane
Kurashev – Toews – Raddysh
Lafferty – Reichel Dach
Katchouk – R. Johnson – Entwistle

Vlasic – S. Jones
de Haan – Gustafsson
Stillman – McCabe

Lankinen

Sharks – 29-33-10 (68)

Meier – Couture – Chmelevski
Balcers – Hertl – Barabanov
Gregor Bonino Nieto
Simek – Reedy – Viel

Megna – Burns
Ferraro – Karlsson
Vlasic – Meloche

Reimer
Kahkonen

Injury Report

Blackhawks:

Connor Murphy (LTIR – Concussion)
Jujhar Khaira (LTIR – Back)

Sharks:

Ryan Dzingel (LTIR – wrist)
Nikolai Knyzhov (LTIR – lower body)
Kevin Labanc (LTIR – shoulder)
Ozzy Wiesblatt (LTIR – upper body)

What To Watch For

•   Derek King is reuniting the nuclear top line after a few games of mixing Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat, and Dylan Strome up. In 14 games together, the 12-17-88 line has accounted for 43.1 percent of Chicago’s goals, with Kane, Strome, and DeBrincat accounting for 19 goals and 38 assists. When the trio is on the ice together at even strength, the Blackhawks have outshot (121-110), out-chanced (112-98), and outscored (16-10) their opponents. Conversely, they’ve been dominated in all three categories when they’re not on the ice together, likely the reason that Derek King is breaking them up.

•   The Blackhawks are 11-4-2 in their last 17 home games against the Sharks, and Alex DeBrincat has a point (4G, 8A) in eight of nine games against San Jose.

•   Patrick Kane logged two assists on Sunday night to reach the 60-assist mark for the third time in his career. He shares the fifth most 60-assist seasons b a primary winger in National Hockey League history. He posted a career-best 66 helpers during the 2018-19 season and his 60 assists this year are sixth in the NHL.

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Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is a Staff Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.