Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Panthers (6:00 PM CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Blackhawks at Panthers (6:00 PM CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Blackhawks

Well this one could get interesting. News from the morning skate in Florida earlier today is that Connor Murphy is dealing with a personal matter in Chicago so Filip Roos is taking his spot on the blue line and Alex Stalock is dealing with a non-COVID illness so there’s a question mark regarding who the Blackhawks’ second goaltender will be for tonight’s game (oh, and they play in Tampa tomorrow night, too, by the way). So stay tuned for possible recalls and other stuff this weekend (Roos was recalled yesterday). UPDATE: We’re officially on EBUG watch, kids!

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 6:00 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 — Nikita Zaitsev
Filip Roos — Ian Mitchell

🥅 Petr Mrazek

Florida Panthers

Eetu Luostarinen – Aleksander Barkov – Sam Reinhart
Carter Verhaeghe – Sam Bennett – Matthew Tkachuk
Ryan Lomberg – Anton Lundell – Colin White
Nick Cousins – Eric Staal – Anthony Duclair

Gustav Forsling – Aaron Ekblad
Marc Staal – Brandon Montour
Josh Mahura – Radko Gudas

🥅 Sergei Bobrovsky

Injury Report

Chicago Blackhawks

Jonathan Toews and Reese Johnson are on IR. Andreas Englund (hammy) and Colin Blackwell are out (groin). Though not designated as an injury, Murphy is also out tonight.

Florida Panthers

Patric Hörnqvist is on IR. Spencer Knight is in the players assistance program.

What to Watch For

  • What happens if the Blackhawks need to replace Mrazek? Ottawa gave up five goals in Chicago largely because they didn’t have a backup other than EBUG Scott Foster. Are the Blackhawks potentially in the same situation tonight?
  • Roos draws back into the lineup, so we’ll see how they sort out the pairs during the game and what the special teams impact is. Nikita Zaitsev has been pretty bad to start his Blackhawks career, so it would be nice if he could right the ship a little with no Murphy tonight.

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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