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The Good Left Undone: Blackhawks-Blues preseason preview

Kane, DeBrincat, Fleury and Seth Jones are among the expected preseason debuts

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The Chicago Blackhawks’ second game of the preseason on Friday night at home against the St. Louis Blues will see several more players make their preseason debuts.

It starts with the top line of Alex DeBrincat, Tyler Johnson and Patrick Kane, who’ve been together since the start of training camp and will take the United Center ice for the first time this evening. That group will also feature heavily on any Chicago power plays, with Jonathan Toews and Seth Jones occupying the other two spots.

Speaking of Jones, he’ll make his initial Blackhawks appearance in this one alongside free agent signing Jake McCabe, who missed much of last season with a knee injury. Calvin de Haan will be on the second pair with Caleb Jones, while former second-round pick Ian Mitchell will pair up with 2021 first-round pick Nolan Allan on the third pairing.

While addressing the media on Friday morning, de Haan revealed an injury he carried for much of last season:

In net, Chicago fans will get their first glimpse of Marc-Andre Fleury, while Collin Delia is expected to be the backup. They’re expected to share the net this evening:

Elsewhere, Alex Nylander returns after missing the entire 2021 season and will skate with Ryan Carpenter and Dylan Strome, with the latter in need of some positive performances to silence the rising chorus of critics against him.

The expected St. Louis lineup for this game features several key names but is not quite the Blues “A” group:

Let’s go Hawks!

Blackhawks lineup

DeBrincat — T. Johnson — Kane

Hagel — Toews — Riechel

Nylander — Carpenter — Strome

Pour — R. Johnson — Osipov

McCabe — S. Jones

C. Jones — de Haan

Mitchell — Allan

Fleury

Delia

How to watch

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: United Center, Chicago

TV: NBC Sports Chicago-Plus, NHL Network

STREAM: ESPN+ (out of market only)