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

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

Chicago Blackhawks

Still no Jonathan Toews tonight for the Blackhawks; he’s still dealing with the non-COVID illness he brought back from the All-Star break. That hasn’t kept his name out of the buzz on the ol’ social medias today, however. A report that he, and Patrick Kane, has been furnished with a list of interested teams should either be willing to waive their no-move clause got my attention.

It’s also noteworthy if you’re tuning in or attending tonight’s game that the Blackhawks will observe a moment of silence and share a video montage to note the passing of Bobby Hull.

Broadcast Info

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

Expected Lineups

Chicago Blackhawks 

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

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

🥅 Petr Mrazek

Anaheim Ducks

Adam Henrique – Trevor Zegras – Troy Terry
Frank Vatrano – Mason McTavish – Max Jones
Ryan Strome – Lundestrom – Jakob Silfverberg
Maxime Comtois – Jayson Megna – Sam Carrick

Cam Fowler – Dmitry Kulikov
Nathan Beaulieu – John Klingberg
Simon Benoit – Kevin Shattenkirk

🥅 Anthony Stolarz

Injury Report

Chicago Blackhawks

Jujhar Khaira is on IR. Toews is out (sick) and Alex Stalock is still in concussion protocol.

Anaheim Ducks

John Moore, Jamie Drysdale, Derek Grant, Justin Kirkland and Urho Vaakanainen are on IR.

What to Watch For

  • The Ducks lost in Dallas in a shootout last night. So late-night travel and a long loss could play on a team opening their “second half” in a back-to-back road scenario.
  • The Ducks have the worst goal differential in the NHL (minus-81 in 51 games). The Blackhawks own the third-worst in the league (minus-58). Maybe a good night to bet the over?
  • Anaheim enters tonight third in the Battle for Bedard, percentage points behind the Blackhawks though Chicago has three games in-hand. So this game has direct draft implications.
  • Trevor Zegras is worth the price of admission. He’s special and a flashy player.

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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