Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Ducks (9:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread, More

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Ducks (9:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread, More

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks head into Anaheim this evening to face a Ducks team that… well, sucks. The Ducks are awful. They are one of three teams — with the Blues and Blue Jackets — to still have only single digit points in the standings on Nov. 12. In the Bad 4 Bedard Circle of Trust, they have a chair at the table.

But while their stats and record indicate they’re a terrible team, there’s still talent there. Trevor Zegras, someone many Blackhawks fans wish was wearing the road sweater tonight, has become known as one of the artists who can pull off “The Michigan” in the NHL. We’ll see if he tries it tonight against the Hawks.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 9:00 p.m. CT
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Expected Lineups

Chicago Blackhawks (5-5-3; 13 points)

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

  • Jason Dickinson was not at the morning skate and was listed as a game-time decision.

Jack Johnson — Jake McCabe
Jarred Tinordi — Connor Murphy
Caleb Jones — Filip Roos

🥅 Arvid Söderblom

Anaheim Ducks (4-9-1; 9 points)

Maxime Comtois – Ryan Strome – Troy Terry
Adam Henrique – Trevor Zegras – Frank Vatrano
Mason McTavish – Isac Lundeström – Brett Leason
Max Jones – Glenn Gawdin – Jakob Silfverberg

Dmitry Kulikov – John Klingberg
Simon Benoit – Cam Fowler
Austin Strand – Colton White

🥅 John Gibson

Injury Report

Chicago Blackhawks

Tyler JohnsonSeth Jones and Alex Stalock are out. Ian Mitchell is rehabbing in Rockford.

Anaheim Ducks

Kevin Shattenkirk is out. John Moore, Jaime Drysdale, Derek Grand and Urho Vaakanainen are on IR.

What to Watch For

  • After losing the majority of their faceoffs against the Kings one week prior, the Blackhawks bounced back with a dominant performance at the dot on Thursday. Chicago comes into this game ranked No. 1 in the NHL in faceoff percentage (57.9). Anaheim ranks 24th in the league at the dot (47.3).
  • It might be a good night to bet the under. The Ducks rank 27th in the league in goals per game (2.71) while the Blackhawks check in two spots lower in 29th (2.69). However, Anaheim is allowing 4.57 goals per game — dead last in the entire NHL. The Blackhawks rank 16th in goals against per game (3.08).
  • The Ducks have the worst goal differential (minus-25) in the entire NHL.
  • The Ducks rank 31st in the league on the power play (10.3%). The Blackhawks ranks 27th in the NHL on the penalty kill (73.6%).
  • The Blackhawks rank 10th in the NHL on the power play (24.4%). The Ducks rank 31st in the NHL on the penalty kill (63.6%).

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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