Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Rangers (6:30 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread, More

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Rangers (6:30 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread, More

Chicago Blackhawks

Tonight’s game at Madison Square Garden begins one of the more intriguing three-game road trips for the Blackhawks in the last half decade. With all three teams in New York/New Jersey having high hopes this season — and two of the three teams off to great starts — the Blackhawks’ big veteran trade pieces will have additional eyeballs on them in the coming three starts.

It was almost exactly one year ago — Dec. 8, 2021 — when the Blackhawks hosted the New York Rangers at the United Center. Jacob Trouba put a huge hit on Jujhar Khaira in that game that led to an incredibly scary scene (I won’t post the video directly here for those who might not want to see it again) that required Khaira leaving the ice on a stretcher. We’ll see if there’s any repercussions for Trouba tonight; the Blackhawks don’t exactly have a heavyweight to dance with Trouba without Jarred Tinordi in the lineup.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 6:30 PM CT
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Expected Lineups

Chicago Blackhawks 

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

Jack Johnson — Seth Jones
Filip Roos — Connor Murphy
Jake McCabe — Caleb Jones

🥅 Petr Mrazek

New York Rangers

Chris Kreider – Mike Zibanejad – Jimmy Vesey
Artemi Panarin – Filip Chytil – Vitali Kravtsov
Alexis Lafrenière – Vincent Trocheck – Kaapo Kakko
Sammy Blais – Barclay Goodrow – Julien Gauthier

Ryan Lindgren – Adam Fox
Libor Hájek – Jacob Trouba
K’Andre Miller – Braden Schneider

🥅 Jaroslav Halák

Injury Report

Chicago Blackhawks

Tyler Johnson and Alex Stalock were joined on IR by Jarred Tinordi this week. Sam Lafferty remains out as well.

New York Rangers


What to Watch For

  • Will someone go after Trouba tonight?
  • The Knicks hosted the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden earlier this afternoon (jump around 11:30 CT) and they’re playing a hockey game in the same space this evening. So keep an eye on the ice surface after the quick turnaround. They do a good job at MSG, but that’s a lot of movement in one day.
  • The Rangers will be wearing their Lady Liberty Reverse Retro jerseys tonight. Thankfully, the Blackhawks will not.
  • The Rangers lost in overtime to the Ottawa Senators at MSG last night in the second half of a home-and-home back-to-back series. They have now lost four of their last five games. The Rangers are 2-5-1 on home ice since the start of November (sound familiar?).
  • The Blackhawks’ last win came on the road — on the opposite side of the country from New York City (in Anaheim on Nov. 12). They’ll try to snap an eight-game losing streak tonight.

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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