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Subban to start; Carlsson, Highmore also to play against Predators

The two will slot in for at least one game while Debrincat and Boqvist are out due to COVID-19 protocol.

Chicago Blackhawks v Dallas Stars Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Matthew Highmore and Lucas Carlsson will draw into the lineup after Alex DeBrincat and Adam Boqvist were placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list Monday.

Coach Jeremy Colliton also announced that the DeBrincat and Boqvist would be out two weeks.

There will also be change in the Blackhawks net after Kevin Lankinen handled the game’s against Red Wings last Friday and Sunday, resulting in Chicago’s first two wins of the season.

In Subban’s lone start of the season, he allowed five goals on 33 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Lightning in the Blackhawks season opener.

Highmore has no points in three games but was a part of the checking line with Ryan Carpenter and David Kampf that impressed in the playoffs last season. He also had six points in 36 regular-season games before the NHL was paused last March by the coronavirus pandemic. Highmore sat Sunday’s game against Detroit to allow Carl Söderberg to make his NHL debut.

This will be Carlsson’s first game of the young season and seventh regular season game of his NHL career. He also skated in Game 2 of the Blackhawks first-round series against the Golden Knights in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The IceHogs veteran is the oldest defensemen on the taxi squad with the most professional experience.

Although changes to any lines and/or pairings remained unknown, Ian Mitchell is expected to get power-play time with the absence of Boqvist.

Chicago faces Nashville Tuesday night at 7 p.m. and again on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.