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Preview: Bruins and Blackhawks renew acquaintances in Chicago

Our first “these guys again?!” of the season.

Chicago Blackhawks v Boston Bruins Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Just the facts

When: Tonight, 8:30 PM

Where: United Center - Chicago, IL

How to follow: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub. It’s worth noting that the B’s website says NESN, but the NHL website says ESPN. This may be a game that’s black out on ESPN locally but available nationally.

Opposing perspective: Second City Hockey

Know your enemy

  • 2-4-0, 4 points, T-7th in the Central Division
  • Corey Perry: 2G-3A-5PTS; Connor Bedard: 2G-2A-4PTS; Tyler Johnson: 3G-0A-3PTS; Nick Foligno: 1G-2A-3PTS
  • Petr Mrazek: 1-2-0, .924 save percentage, 3.03 GAA

Game notes

  • The Bruins and the Blackhawks meet for the second and final time this season. The first meeting, as you undoubtedly remember, was a 3-1 Bruins win at TD Garden back on Oct. 11, the season opener.
  • The Blackhawks were last in action on Saturday night, a 5-3 home loss to the Vegas Golden Knights. That game was Chicago’s first home game of the season — they opened the year with five straight on the road.
  • Looking at Chicago’s opening schedule, they were put through quite the gauntlet: Pittsburgh, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Colorado, then home against Vegas.
  • Old friend Taylor Hall will miss tonight’s game after apparently aggravating the shoulder injury he suffered against the Bruins a couple weeks ago.
  • Speaking of old friends, Nick Foligno and Ryan Donato are both off to good starts with Chicago, tied for third on the team in points. Each has 1G-2A-3PTS totals.
  • Chicago appears to be rotating in net between Arvid Soderblom (who the Bruins saw the first time out) and Petr Mrazek. Soderblom started Saturday against Vegas, so the B’s will likely see Mrazek tonight.
  • No word yet on whether or not Milan Lucic will be available tonight. Lucic missed Sunday night’s game in Anaheim with an ankle injury.

See ya tonight!