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Blackhawks vs. Red Wings preview: Now this really feels like preseason

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Most of the big names are sitting out and there's no way to watch live on television. So THIS is what the preseason feels like, huh?

Jonathan Daniel

The Blackhawks' preseason continues Thursday night with an exhibition matchup against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. It'll be tougher keeping up with this one as it's not broadcast on television, but the power of the Internet shall keep us informed as many of the young guys get extended opportunities.

When and where? The game starts at 6:30 p.m. CT from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

We saw a lot of the bigger names in the preseason opener at the United Center on Tuesday, but that won't be the case in Detroit. Every guy from the top two lines, including both forwards and d-men, will be out. Corey Crawford is getting the day off, too. According to's Brian Hedger, here are the lines for tonight's game:


Bryan Bickell Andrew Shaw Ben Smith
Pierre-Cedric Labrie Marcus Kruger
Jeremy Morin
Garret Ross Mark McNeill
Peter Regin
Matt Carey Drew LeBlanc
Alex Broadhurst


Viktor Svedberg
David Rundblad
Nick Leddy Trevor van Riemsdyk
Johnny Oduya
Adam Clendening


Antti Raanta
Michael Leighton

So we'll get to some action from Andrew Shaw, which is good, and extended opportunities for guys like Morin, McNeill, Rundblad and Clendening will be nice, too. No Teuvo Teravainen or Joakim Nordstrom, though. It's also too bad I have no idea how to watch this live. We'll still have the game thread up later, and something resembling a recap, but in many ways, this will probably be the lamest game of the season.