Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks vs Flames (6:00 PM CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread, More

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks vs Flames (6:00 PM CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread, More

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks play the fourth game of their new calendar year starting seven-game homestand this evening with the Calgary Flames in town. The Flames are 6-2-1 in their last nine after losing five in a row, so they’re working their way back in the playoff picture in the Western Conference. The Blackhawks are working on cementing the best odds possible of landing the top pick in the 2023 NHL Draft because Connor Bedard might be an alien made in a lab to dominate hockey games. Anyways, let’s get to the details for tonight’s event.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 6:00 PM CT
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Expected Lineups

Chicago Blackhawks 

Philipp Kurashev — Max Domi — Lukas Reichel
Tyler Johnson — Jonathan Toews — Taylor Raddysh
Andreas Athanasiou — Jason Dickinson — Brett Seney
Reese Johnson — Sam Lafferty — Colin Blackwell

Jake McCabe — Seth Jones
Jack Johnson — Connor Murphy
Caleb Jones — Ian Mitchell

🥅 Alex Stalock

Calgary Flames

Dillon Dubé – Elias Lindholm – Tyler Toffoli
Milan Lucic – Nazem Kadri – Jonathan Huberdeau
Andrew Mangiapane – Mikael Backlund – Blake Coleman
Adam Ruzicka – Radim Zohorna – Trevor Lewis

Noah Hanifin – Rasmus Andersson
MacKenzie Weeger – Chris Tanev
Nikita Zadorov – Michael Stone

🥅 Jacob Markstrom

Injury Report

Chicago Blackhawks

Jarred TinordiJujhar Khaira and MacKenzie Entwistle are on IR. Patrick Kane is on a game-to-game basis right now with a hip issue and is confirmed out tonight as well.

Calgary Flames

Brett Ritchie and Oliver Kylington are on IR.

What to Watch For

  • Calgary is the definition of a “middle of the road” team. Since Dec. 1 they rank 19th in the league in goals for, eighth in goals against and 12th in team faceoff percentage. There’s nothing really overwhelming about this roster but there are some good players, especially summer additions Kadri, Weeger and Huberdeau.
  • With Patrick Kane confirmed out tonight, Lukas Reichel gets some more run in a top-six role. He was really good on Friday night, so we’ll see if he can score his first NHL goal tonight.
  • Alex Stalock gets another start. It looks like he’s the clear No. 1 on the depth chart now.

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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