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Quick Hitter Preview: Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights

Hawks vs. Golden Knights - 1/12/18
Photo: David Banks/USA Today Sports

Photo: David Banks/USA Today Sports

It's a Saturday night showdown at the United Center between the Blackhawks and Vegas Golden Knights. The Hawks are coming off their second straight loss, while the Knights just had a seven-game win streak snapped by the Sharks on Thursday night. Vegas has taken both contests against Chicago so far this season. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 PM central time.

Three Things

  • After missing Wednesday night's game with an illness, Brent Seabrook is expected to return to the Blackhawks lineup tonight. Duncan Keith missed yesterday's practice due to an illness, but he should be good to go tonight. Henri Jokiharju is back in the mix on the blue line after returning from the World Junior Championships, so Brandon Davidson will likely be the odd man out for the Hawks defense. There is still no timetable on Gustav Forsling, who has been placed on injured reserve (upper-torso injury).
  • The Golden Knights drive incredibly effective possession. They rank third overall in 5-on-5 high danger chances-for with 450. The Blackhawks have allowed the most 5-on-5 high danger chances against (511), so look for this one to be another high-scoring affair.
  • Patrick Kane is on fire lately. He has eight points over his last five games and 19 in his last ten. The Blackhawks lone All-Star comes into this game with 58 points on the season, ranking seventh overall in the NHL. His cross-ice connection with Alex DeBrincat is growing stronger every game and it's a beautiful thing to see.
  • Pregame ritual: Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat practicing one-timers.

Projected Lineups


DeBrincat - Toews - Kahun

Anisimov - Strome - Kane

Saad - Kampf - Caggiula

Hayden - Kruger - Perlini

Keith - Jokiharju

Seabrook - Gustafsson

Dahlstrom - Murphy


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Golden Knights

Marchessault - Karlsson - Pirri

Pacioretty - Stastny - Tuch

Lindberg - Eakin - Carpenter

Nosek - Bellemare - Reaves

McNabb - Schmidt

Theodore - Engelland

Merrill - Holden



Laugh It Off

In six games for the Blackhawks this season, Collin Delia has faced a little over 30 shots per game.

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