The Blackhawks will be led by two lines that have already performed well together this preseason. Alex Debrincat, Tyler Johnson, and Patrick Kane look to be locked in as the top line going into the regular season while Philipp Kurashev is getting another look with the reunited duo of Dominik Kubalik and Jonathan Toews. In the bottom six, there’s a good mix of veterans and those battling for the final forward spots on the roster.
The defense is as close to the expected final group as it’s been this preseason. The top-four is set and Caleb Jones has been playing himself into a top-six role with his performance so far. Prospect Jakub Galvas rounds out the group headed to Detroit:
#Blackhawks depart for Detroit soon for tonight’s preseason tilt.— Carter Baum (@CarterBaum) October 4, 2021
DeBrincat - T. Johnson - Kane
Kubalik - Toews - Kurashev
Hardman - Borgstrom - Carpenter
Hagel - Gaudette - Entwistle
McCabe - S. Jones
de Haan - Murphy
C. Jones - Galvashttps://t.co/sKEsjaik0m
Speaking of roster competition, several young players looking to make the NHL this season impressed during the Blackhawks previous preseason game, defeating the St. Louis Blues 5-1. It was the first win for the Blackhawksthis preseason with goals coming from Henrik Borgstrom, Colton Dach, MacKenzie Entwistle, Mike Hardman, and Dominik Kubalik.
Borgstrom and Dylan Strome added goals in the shootout.
Colliton named Khaira, Entwistle, Hardman, Borgstrom, Galvas, Crevier and Subban as guys who stood out to him in Saturday's game against the Blues.— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) October 4, 2021
The Blackhawks also made some roster moves on Monday, assigning three AHL players to the Rockford IceHogs. The IceHogs open their own preseason against the Iowa Wild on Oct. 7, so we’ll likely see more cuts to the Blackhawks training camp roster in the coming days.
NHL opening night is Tuesday, October 12, so the Blackhawks have one more week of training camp to narrow down the final roster.
#Blackhawks assign Matej Chalupa, Cam Morrison and Chad Krys to AHL's Rockford IceHogs.— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) October 4, 2021
Training camp roster now stands at 46 players: 26 forwards, 15 defensemen and 5 goaltenders.
The Red Wings contingent will be their most NHL regular heavy roster to date as well, though several prospects will also be participating such as Joe Veleno, Lucas Raymond, and Moritz Seider.
Here’s the line ups for tonight’s Red Wings vs Chicago game. pic.twitter.com/y7Bo9Vangv— Ken Kal (@KenKalDRW) October 4, 2021
DeBrincat — T. Johnson — Kane
Kubalik — Toews — Kurashev
Hardman — Borgstrom — Carpenter
Hagel — Gaudette — Entwistle
McCabe — S. Jones
de Haan — Murphy
C. Jones — Galvas
How to watch
When: 6:30 p.m., Monday
Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
STREAM: ESPN+ (out of market only)