Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks vs Senators (8:00 PM CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Hooray for late night starts on home ice… right? This kinda stuff drives me crazy. An Eastern Conference team in Chicago (Central Time) and the Canadian television folks get a 9 PM ET start? What’s the point? Don’t want kids to go to school tomorrow or don’t want them to watch? (I would understand maybe not wanting them to watch the Blackhawks’ offense but that’s another issue…)

I’m sure we’re all going to focus on Nikita Zaitsev facing his former teammates anyway, right?

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 8:00 PM CT
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Expected Lineups

Chicago Blackhawks 

Lukas Reichel — Philipp Kurashev — Andreas Athanasiou
Tyler Johnson — Cole Guttman — Taylor Raddysh
Anders Bjork — Jason Dickinson — MacKenzie Entwistle
Boris Katchouk — Jujhar Khaira — Joey Anderson

Caleb Jones — Seth Jones
Jarred Tinordi — Connor Murphy
Nikita Zaitsev — Andreas Englund

🥅 Alex Stalock

Ottawa Senators

Brady Tkachuk – Tim Stützle – Claude Giroux
Alex DeBrincat – Shane Pinto – Drake Batherson
Mathieu Joseph – Dylan Gambrell – Julien Gauthier
Derick Brassard – Mark Kastelic – Austin Watson

Thomas Chabot – Artem Zub
Jake Sanderson – Travis Hamonic
Jakob Chychrun – Erik Brännström

🥅 Mads Søgaard

Injury Report

Chicago Blackhawks

Jonathan Toews and Reese Johnson are on IR. Colin Blackwell is out (groin).

Ottawa Senators

Josh Norris and Anton Forsberg are on IR.

What to Watch For

  • Welcome back, Alex DeBrincat. No, Patrick Kane isn’t here to share the emotional moment(s). In fact, most of the team you skated with last season is gone now. But we’ve missed you and still love you.
  • How much more comfortable will the Blackhawks be with new pieces integrating? Anders Bjork had a nice first game without much practice time. Nikita Zaitsev was okay.
  • Ottawa has been one of the hottest teams in the NHL — they’ve won five straight and seven of their last ten — and they’re now fully chasing a playoff spot. The Blackhawks… yeah. We know. Cry emoji here.
  • Get Caught Up

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