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