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PREVIEW: Blackhawks take on the Kraken in Kickoff Meeting


TIME: 9 p.m. HC

The Blackhawks embark on their longest trip to date Wednesday night in Seattle, meeting the Kraken expansion for the very first time.

  • CHI: 4-9-2, 10 PTS
  • SEA: 4-10-1, 9 PTS

Don’t miss a minute of the action with a nationwide audience Wednesday night with Kenny Albert and Eddie Olczyk on call on TNT and streaming on Watch TNT.

You can also listen to the game locally on WGN Radio with John Wiedeman and Colby Cohen on the call.


The Blackhawks face the league’s 32nd franchise for the first time Wednesday night, the first of three meetings this season, twice in Seattle and once in Chicago. This will be the Blackhawks’ first regular season game in Washington state.

Chicago is an all-time 16-8-4 record in its first encounter with an expansion team dating back to 1926 when the Blackhawks joined the league. The Blackhawks have won five of their last six opening games against expansion teams with their most recent loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on October 24, 2017 (4-2). Prior to that, the Blackhawks had won five in a row against Minnesota, Columbus, Atlanta, Nashville and Anaheim.

Tyler Johnson is a native of Spokane and played for the Chiefs from 2007-2011. He helped the team win the CHL Memorial Cup in 2008 and was named the NHL Hockey League‘s playoff MVP. ‘Where is.


Seth jones notched an assist on Friday night against the Coyotes to extend his points streak (1G, 5A) to six games, tying a career-high. He recorded a six-game streak with at least one point on two other occasions when he was a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets (December 18-29, 2017 with 3G, 4A and February 2-13 with 1G 6A).

His 12 assists in the 2021-2022 campaign are shared the most among NHL defensemen and share ninth among league skaters, Jones has points in 10 of his last 11 games, he is one 300th point of his NHL career.


Reese johnson tied a Blackhawks franchise record with 11 hits against Arizona on Friday. Troy Brouwer (Oct. 16, 2010 vs. BUF) and Nikita Zadorov (Jan. 19, 2021 at FLA) are the two other Chicago skaters who achieved this feat. Johnson’s 11 hits are the most recorded by an NHL player this season.

Chicago has 35 hits against the Coyotes, marking the eighth time this year the Blackhawks have had 30 or more hits in a game. The Blackhawks registered 40 hits in a game for the second time this season (41 hits Oct. 24 vs. DET) on Nov. 7 against the Predators. Chicago and the New York Islanders are the only two clubs with more than 40 successful games in the 2021-22 campaign.

They are third in the NHL with 437 hits and third with an average of 28.86 hits per 60 minutes this year. Johnson (first) and Mike hardman (13th) ranks in the top 15 of all league skaters for 60 hits (min. 5 games played).


Alex DeBrincat scored a goal on Friday to extend his point streak (2G, 1A) to three games. He has scored four goals in his last five games. DeBrincat also played a career-high 27:29 in ice time and tied a one-game record with eight shots on Nov. 9 against Pittsburgh. His previous career record was 24:21 on May 10, 2021 against Dallas.

With his 127th career goal on Friday, he overtook Patrick kane for fifth place on the Blackhawks’ all-time goals list heading into their 24th birthday. The Farmington Hills, Mich. Native will turn 24 on Dec. 18.

DeBrincat’s 127 goals rank 10th among all NHL players since his debut at the start of the 2017-18 campaign. The goal tally is also second among drafted players in 2016, behind Auston Matthews (165 career scorers).