If the Blackhawks don't have a lead by the 16:32 mark of the 2nd period tonight, they'll break the NHL record for longest time without a lead to start a season: https://t.co/l8vLSJi3Rp— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) October 24, 2021
Kevin Lankinen is in the Blackhawks starter's crease for tonight vs DET (6:00).— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) October 24, 2021
This would be his second consecutive start over Fleury.
Colliton not ruling Kane out for tonight. Says he has some balls in the air, not ready to announce lineup. #Blackhawks— Jay Cohen (@jcohenap) October 24, 2021
Tyler Bertuzzi - Dylan Larkin - Lucas Raymond
Robby Fabbri - Pius Suter - Filip Zadina
Vladislav Namestnikov - Michael Rasmussen - Adam Erne
Givani Smith - Mitchell Stephens - Sam Gagner
Danny DeKeyser - Filip Hronek
Nick Leddy - Moritz Seider
Marc Staal - Gustav Lindstrom
Alex DeBrincat – Kirby Dach – Brandon Hagel
Dominik Kubalik – Jonathan Toews – Tyler Johnson
Adam Gaudette – Henrik Borgstrom - Dylan Strome
Reese Johnson – MacKenzie Entwistle – Jujhar Khaira
Calvin de Haan – Seth Jones
Jake McCabe – Connor Murphy
Riley Stillman - Erik Gustafsson
Keys to the Game
Keep It Even
As was laid out in the Morning Skate, Chicago is an awful team five on five but have a very dangerous power play and an excellent penalty kill. Detroit has shown some improvements on both specialty teams units so far but tonight is not the night to try and work on it.
Find the Spark Smartly
As we have seen so far, this team tends to do better when they are emotionally into the game. Sometimes that spark has come from some extracurriculars that put the team down a man, and as already discussed keeping to even strength will be vital tonight.
Start Out Strong
This is a Chicago team struggling with confidence and a fanbase ready to run the coach out of town. A fast start by Detroit tonight could be enough to deflate any get up the Blackhawks and their fans pull together from facing their old rivals.