Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks vs Blue Jackets (7:30 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread, More

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks vs Blue Jackets (7:30 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread, More

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks play their final game before the three-day Christmas break the NHL celebrates every year. The Blue Jackets come in losers of their last five games and with a 2-8-0 record in their last 10. Columbus is just four points ahead of the Blackhawks in the standings, so if there was ever a game the Blackhawks should have a chance to win… Let’s see if they’re able to get back in the W column as a nice holiday gift to the fans who participate in the festivities at the United Center this evening.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 7:30 PM CT
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Expected Lineups

Chicago Blackhawks 

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

Jake McCabe — Seth Jones
Isaak Phillips — Connor Murphy
Jack Johnson — Ian Mitchell

🥅 Alex Stalock

Columbus Blue Jackets

Johnny Gaudreau – Kent Johnson – Patrik Laine
Kirill Marchenko – Jack Roslovic – Gustav Nyquist
Eric Robinson – Sean Kuraly – Mathieu Olivier
Liam Foudy – Josh Dunne – Carson Meyer

Vladislav Gavrikov – Adam Boqvist
Tim Berni – Erik Gudbranson
Jacob Christiansen – Marcus Bjork

🥅 Joonas Korpisalo

Injury Report

Chicago Blackhawks

Jarred Tinordi is the only player currently on IR.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Cole Sillinger and Zach Werenski are on IR. Adam Boqvist was activated on Friday morning.

What to Watch For

  • Alex Stalock makes his first start since getting hurt against the Islanders on Nov. 1.
  • This is a revenge game for Seth Jones and Adam Boqvist. We’ll see if either has something up their sleeve for this one. Boqvist returns after spending 25 games on the shelf. Jones will have Jake McCabe with him even though Jake left the Blackhawks’ last game early after taking a stick to the eye. It’s good to see him available. He’s been good for Seth.
  • Patrick Kane has scored 23 goals with 53 assists for 73 points in 56 career games against Columbus.

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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