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

Nathan MacKinnon Avs Stanley Cup
Nathan MacKinnon Avs Stanley Cup

Well, it’s the “Dads Trip” for the Avalanche so there’s a lot of bodies in town for tonight’s game from Denver (and elsewhere). That usually gives a team a little extra jump, not that the Avs needed it with Nathan MacKinnon back on the top line rolling like one of the best players on the planet. The Blackhawks will be without Patrick Kane again tonight, but hopefully not much longer.

Broadcast Info

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

Expected Lineups

Chicago Blackhawks 

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

Jake McCabe — Seth Jones
Jack Johnson — Connor Murphy
Isaak Phillips — Caleb Jones

🥅 Petr Mrazek

Colorado Avalanche

Artturi Lehkonen – Nathan MacKinnon – Evan Rodrigues
Alex Newhook – JT Compher – Mikko Rantanen
Andrew Cogliano – Darren Helm – Logan O’Connor
Jacob MacDonald – Ben Meyers – Martin Kaut

Devon Toews – Cale Makar
Samuel Girard – Erik Johnson
Kurtis MacDermid – Brad Hunt

🥅 Alexandar Georgiev

Injury Report

Chicago Blackhawks

Jarred TinordiJujhar Khaira and, now, Patrick Kane are on IR. Alex Stalock (sick) is out as well.

Colorado Avalanche

Gabriel Landeskog is on LTIR. Bowen Byram and Josh Manson are on IR. Valeri Nichushkin is banged up.

What to Watch For

  • Mrazek is 3-1-2 with a 1.62 goals against average and .942 save percentage with two shutouts in six career starts against Colorado.
  • Head coach Luke Richardson said he wanted to get Phillips in some action, noting that if he’s going to watch every game from the press box he might as well go back to Rockford and get top-pair minutes. He also said there’s value in Ian Mitchell getting a game to watch and learn some more.
  • Richardson has said since he was initially introduced as the Blackhawks’ head coach that he’s used clips from last season’s Stanley Cup Final between the Avalanche and Lightning as teaching film. He said this group of Avalanche, because they’re banged up, give them some opportunities to match-up better at home which could help the Blackhawks tonight.
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