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Blackhawks vs. Rangers preview: A new preseason opponent on Friday

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The team returns home to the United Center on Friday night for a preseason matchup against the Rangers.

Paul Bereswill

The Chicago Blackhawks are back at the United Center for a preseason matchup against the New York Rangers on Friday night. Coming off a 3-2 loss to the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday, Chicago looks to rebound with another home win to continue the exhibition schedule.

When and where? The game starts at 7:30 p.m. CT from the UC.

How to watch: The game is being broadcast on CSN Chicago, a welcomed return after last night's game missed the airwaves.

We missed out on (or at least didn't read tweets about) many of the big names on Thursday as they sat out, and it's unclear for now how the lineup will roll out tonight. It appears that Teuvo Teravainen, Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom will have to wait until Sunday in Saskatoon to make their respective preseason debuts, which wouldn't be so disappointing if the game wasn't a radio-only broadcast.

It appears that several bigger names will be playing tonight, however. Here's the initial game rosters for both teams:

As for the opponent, New York is expected to play a number of its top players Friday as well, including a top line of Rick Nash, Derick Brassard and rookie Anthony Duclair. The Rangers are still trying to figure things out after losing top center Derek Stepan to a leg injury, and we'll get an early look at those efforts.

One player who apparently won't be suiting up for Alain Vigneault is forward Kevin Hayes, who's competing for a roster spot this spring. Of course, there are probably at least a few of you who think Hayes should be doing the same thing in a Hawks uniform right now. Oh well.

So that's how things are shaping up for tonight, luckily this one will be on television so those who couldn't score a ticket will still be able to tune in. Hopefully the boys can make it worthwhile for everyone watching.