Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Sabres (6:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread, More

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Sabres (6:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread, More

Chicago Blackhawks

After a 3-1-0 homestand, the Blackhawks have a quick road game in Buffalo before coming home for a Sunday night game at the United Center. This has been a long, competitive week for the Blackhawks against some good teams and Buffalo is certainly no slouch this year. Don Granato has the Sabres playing well, and they have two former No. 1 overall picks on their blue line.

You’ll notice below that there are some big changes to the left side up front for the Blackhawks. And on the blue line, Jake McCabe has jumped from the third pair to the top with Seth Jones.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 6:00 p.m. CT
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Expected Lineups

Chicago Blackhawks (4-3-0)

Andreas Athanasiou — Max Domi — Patrick Kane
Philipp Kurashev — Jonathan Toews — Taylor Raddysh
Colin Blackwell — Jason Dickinson — Sam Lafferty
Boris Katchouk — MacKenzie Entwistle — Reese Johnson

Jake McCabe — Seth Jones
Jarred Tinordi — Connor Murphy
Jack Johnson — Caleb Jones

Arvid Söderblom

Buffalo Sabres (4-3-0)

It looks like former Blackhawks goaltender Craig Anderson will start behind this lineup:

Injury Report

Chicago Blackhawks

Petr Mrazek won’t play again (groin — he’s on IR). Tyler Johnson landed on IR on Thursday.

Buffalo Sabres

Former Blackhawks defenseman Henri Jokiharju is out right now. The Sabres will also be without Mattias Samuelsson tonight.

What to Watch For

  • The Blackhawks had a good thing going with their lineup for a while but the Tyler Johnson injury and return of Katchouk have forced a couple changes to the lineup. Jujhar Khaira was on the second line against Edmonton and finds himself in the press box tonight with Katchouk back on the fourth line and Kurashev getting the bump to the line with Toews and Raddysh.
  • The Sabres have dabbled with putting Owen Power (No. 1 overall pick in 2021) on the ice with Rasmus Dahlin (No. 1 overall pick in 2018) in the same defensive pair. I’ve seen a few people ask on Twitter but haven’t been able to come up with any other time in history that a team had two former No. 1 overall picks on the blue line at the same time.
  • Dahlin has really taken a huge step forward last year and this season. After scoring a career-high 13 goals in 80 games last year, he already has five goals in seven games this season.

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Author: Tab Bamford

Tab is the Lead Blackhawks voice for BN. He is the author of two books about the Blackhawks, most recently "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter at @The1Tab