Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Blue Jackets (Noon CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread, More

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Blue Jackets (Noon CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread, More

Chicago Blackhawks

One way or another, the Columbus Blue Jackets will be the Blackhawks’ final victory of the 2022 calendar year. What we don’t know yet is whether that win came on Dec. 23 at the United Center or if tonight will provide a W to close out an incredibly trying year for fans and the franchise. The good news for the Blackhawks (if you’re hoping for a win): Patrik Laine won’t be in the lineup because he has COVID. And, speaking of COVID, Seth Jones is making his first appearance in Columbus since being traded to Chicago because he as sick the last time the Blackhawks made this trip.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: Noon 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 — Caleb Jones

🥅 Alex Stalock

Columbus Blue Jackets

Johnny Gaudreau – Kent Johnson – Kirill Marchenko
Gustav Nyquist – Jack Roslovic – Emil Bemström
Eric Robinson – Cole Sillinger – Mathieu Olivier
Liam Foudy – Sean Kuraly – Carson Meyer

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

🥅 Joonas Korpisalo

Injury Report

Chicago Blackhawks

Jarred Tinordi is on IR.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Zach Werenski are on IR. Patrik Laine is out (COVID).

What to Watch For

  • Alex Stalock made his first start since getting hurt against the Islanders on Nov. 1 against the Jackets before Christmas and picked up the win. He was good again in St. Louis.
  • The Blackhawks’ offense is awful. Also, water is wet and the sun rises in the East. Just as long as we’re stating the obvious… Chicago has scored 20 goals in 12 games in December. Ten of those 20 goals have come in two 5-2 wins, to start the month against the Rangers and against Columbus eight days ago.
  • When these two teams met last week, Jonathan Toews won 18 of 25 faceoffs, scored a goal and added two assists in a completely dominant effort. Patrick Kane matched his three-point outing in the win.

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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