The Chicago Blackhawks have their second preseason game of the year tonight against the St. Louis Blues, the first time the two teams have faced since playing a preliminary game ahead of the qualifying round during the 2020 bubble.
The Blackhawks’ first preseason game was fun to watch and had some memorable moments for fans. It was the first opportunity to see Jonathan Toews in action since missing an entire season, and it was the first time to see a lot of the younger new guys in action. Overall it was a lot of fun, tonight’s game should not disappoint.
Obviously, this game means very little. This is a time for the Hawks coaching staff led by Jeremy Colliton to figure out their lineup, so before we can talk about anything else take a look at the lineup from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Expected Lines for Tomorrow’s game:
There are a lot of lines to watch tonight. How Toews, Hagel, and Reichel does together will be interesting, and personally, I am looking forward to seeing the top line in action. While I understand the criticism with the height of that line, I think it can be pretty fun to watch.
This will also be the first opportunity to see Marc-Andre Fleury in Chicago, and the same could be said for Seth Jones. The top four of that defense will be fun to watch, while the team is not playing Murphy and Kalynuk there are a lot of potential NHL players on the back end.
The Carpenter, Nylander, and Strome line also should create some magic tonight as those are three players that basically have to play for their spots on the roster. Nothing is guaranteed for those three.
With the lineup the Blackhawks have going tonight, this is one game I would not want to miss Blackhawks fans. Toews, Kane, DeBrincat, Jones, Fleury, and Johnson are all going to be in the lineup, we could be seeing the closest thing to the NHL lineup that we will see for the next few games tonight.
Opponent: St. Louis Blues (1-1-0)
Date: October 1st, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM
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