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PREVIEW: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings - Sept. 18

Blackhawks hit United Center ice for first home preseason game of 2019 as Red Wings visit Chicago at 7:30 p.m.

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

TIME: 7:30 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH+ RADIO: ESPN Radio 1000 STREAM: NHL.TV & MyTeamsApp

Chicago wraps a hectic three-games-in-three-days stretch with the first home exhibition tilt as Detroit visits the United Center at 7:30 p.m.

 
QUICK TURN

The two teams meet for the second time in just over 24 hours, with the Red Wings taking a 5-3 win on Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Dominik Kubalik scored twice in his Blackhawks debut and Robin Lehner stopped 15 of 17 shots faced in a debut of his own. 


GOING DEEP

Over their first two games, the Blackhawks have dressed 35 different players of the 55-man Training Camp roster. Tuesday saw several NHL players make their preseason debuts and Wednesday's home game will continue that trend as Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith take the ice for the first time in exhibition play. 

Video: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings game preview


TOP-LINE NYLANDER

Coming off a two-point night in Washington on Monday, Alexander Nylander will have a chance to make another big impression and a step towards the NHL roster tonight as he slots in on the right wing next to Kane and Toews on the Blackhawks top line. 

"Just something we wanted to try to get that right shot with a lot of skill," Jeremy Colliton said after morning skate. "I think Nylander has shown some good intentions away from the puck. He's had his moments where he's really skating well and competing around the puck, and that's what he needs to do to play with that quality of player. He's got an opportunity to show it tonight.

I'm very confident if he gets put in a position to make a play, he's going to make it. It could be good for him." 

"You can tell he has that skill level," Kane said. "Just watching him in practice - stickhandling, shooting, the way he stakes, he's always got his head up when he's skating. He has the ability and, in my mind, there's no reason why he shouldn't be a player in the league."


KUBALIK BACK-TO-BACK

After a two-goal night in Detroit, Kubalik will get a chance to continue to ride his momentum as one of two players dressing tonight from the first tilt against the Wings.

"It was pretty good. Always the first one is tough ... there's still a couple things I need to work on, just getting used to the speed of the smaller ice," Kubalik said. "I'd love to play every single game ... I'm happy I'm playing tonight and I hope it continues."

The 24-year-old didn't know if the plan originally was to play him again tonight but regardless, getting the call for the second leg in a back-to-back is a positive sign for someone looking to make an impression. 

"You can see his shot is a big weapon for him," Colliton said. "His first goal he was around to the net - he went to the net and found a rebound. For goal scorers, those types of goals can give them confidence and all of the sudden you can score in bunches. Away from the puck, I liked his game. I thought he was active and he had a couple good tracks back to force a turnover. He's a good skater, so if he can get up ice and force turnovers, he's going to put himself in a position to unload that cannon."

Video: Inside the Locker Room: Dominik Kubalik


MEDICAL UPDATE

Just before morning skate, the team announced that forward John Quenneville is out for tonight's game (right hip). Forward Kirby Dach (concussion protocol) and defenseman Calvin de Haan (groin strain/shoulder surgery recovery) also remain out. View the full injury report here. 


PROJECTED LINES

Nylander - Toews - Kane
Saad - Kampf - Kubalik
D. Sikura - Highmore - Saarela
Hakkarainen - T. Sikura - Hagel

Keith - Boqvist
Maatta - Seabrook
Gilbert - Holm

Crawford
Gravel


ROSTER

Blackhawks vs. Red Wings - Sept. 18
FORWARDS
8 Dominik Kubalik
19 Jonathan Toews
20 Brandon Saad
28 Aleksi Saarela
36 Matthew Highmore
38 Brandon Hagel
59 Mikael Hakkarainen
64 David Kampf
70 Tyler Sikura
88 Patrick Kane
92 Alexander Nylander
95 Dylan Sikura
DEFENSEMEN
2 Duncan Keith
6 Olli Maatta
7 Brent Seabrook
27 Adam Boqvist
39 Dennis Gilbert
41 Joni Tuulola
48 Philip Holm
GOALIES
50 Corey Crawford
33 Alexis Gravel

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