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Collin Delia to Make Blackhawks Season Debut vs. Predators

The Blackhawks will start Collin Delia for the first time this season against Nashville.
Collin Delia gets his first start for the Chicago Blackhawks

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The Chicago Blackhawks are a bit shorthanded in net upon returning to action against the Nashville Predators this afternoon. With goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Kevin Lankinen in COVID-19 Protocol, Collin Delia gets his first start of the 2021-22 season.

Delia has been with the Chicago Blackhawks since 2017, appearing in 24 games total. In those games, he sports an 8-8-4 record, .905 career save percentage, and 3.63 goals-against average.

Collin Delia gets his first start for the Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports

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Collin Delia made history several weeks ago when he scored the first-ever goalie goal in Rockford IceHogs' AHL history. It was a unique moment as even the broadcast team had to double-check who touched the puck last. The credit for the goal went, undoubtedly, to Delia.

Blackhawks Backup Goaltending

The Blackhawks will use Arvid Soderblom, who recently joined Chicago's taxi squad, as Delia's backup in Nashville. If Marc-Andre Fleury does not return from COVID-19 protocol, Soderblom could potentially get his first-ever NHL start Sunday vs. Calgary.

The Blackhawks haven't seen the ice since a 4-3 overtime loss against the Dallas Stars on Dec. 18. Due to postponements, Saturday will be their first game in two weeks. Collin Delia gets his first start of the season against a formidable Predators team that ranks third in the Central Division.