The Chicago Blackhawks open their preseason schedule against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. It’s the first of two preseason meetings between the two teams. They’ll face off again Saturday, Sept. 29 in Chicago.
Cam Ward and Collin Delia will split time in net for Chicago. Ward, who signed a one-year deal worth $3 million this offseason, is expected to be the Blackhawks’ starting goaltender if Corey Crawford (concussion) is unable to start the season. The 34-year-old Ward posted a 23-14-4 record with a 2.73 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in 43 games last season with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Delia is projected to start the season with the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL.
Chicago will have a young lineup with four exceptions. Veteran centers Artem Anisimov and Marcus Kruger will skate and left-handed defensemen Erik Gustafsson and Brandon Davidson, who is attending training camp on a professional tryout contract.
Columbus will be playing for the second straight night after falling 4-1 to Buffalo on Monday. David Savard scored the Blue Jackets’ lone goal. Matiss Kivlenieks made seven saves as the starting goalie for Columbus but left after the first period with a lower-body injury. Brad Thiessen allowed four goals in relief. The Blue Jackets also struggled on the man advantage going 0 for 5.
The Blackhawks' lines and pairings for tonight appear to be:— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) September 18, 2018
#CBJ lines in this a.m. skate:— Brian Hedger (@JacketsInsider) September 18, 2018
vs #Blackhawks tonight
Dalpe - Nash - Robinson
Sedlak - Stenlund - Sherwood
Prapavessis - Jones
Murray - Carlsson
Simpson - Collins
How to watch
Start time: 6 p.m. Central
Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus
TV: NBC Sports Chicago+