Jonathan Toews set to return to the ice at Blackhawks preseason opener – NBC Chicago
For the first time since last May, the Chicago Blackhawks return to the ice Wednesday night for their opener against the Detroit Red Wings, and a familiar face will join them.
According to the team’s roster report for the contest, captain Jonathan Toews will dress and compete in the contest, scoring his first game since the Blackhawks were eliminated from the 2020 playoffs by the Vegas Golden Knights.
Toews missed last season with an immune system disorder, but he has been training with the team and will look to get back into shape as the Blackhawks open their six-game preseason schedule at United Center.
According to reporters, Toews spent the morning training with Dominik Kubalik and Philipp Kurashev, which likely means we’ll see that line in Wednesday’s game.
Kirby Dach, who missed big chunks last season with injury, will also play in the game, skating on the second line with Brett Connolly and Brandon Hagel.
Lukas Reichel, the team’s first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, will also be in the game, as will Alex Nylander, who missed all of last season with a knee injury.
Jujhar Khaira, who signed in free agency, will also play for the Blackhawks.
Defensively, the Blackhawks will only have one guaranteed starting blue lining in the lineup, with Connor Murphy playing in the game. Riley Stillman, who has a good chance of making the roster, will also play.
Seth Jones, the team’s big acquisition during the offseason, won’t be in Wednesday’s game, but his brother Caleb will, as will Wyatt Kalynuk and Nicolas Beaudin.
The Blackhawks’ goaltenders for the game will be Kevin Lankinen, who will likely support Marc-André Fleury this season, and Arvid Soderblom.
For the Red Wings, veteran winger Bobby Ryan will play in Wednesday’s game, as will former Blackhawks defenseman Jordan Rickenbach.
Thomas Greiss, Calvin Pickard and Kaden Fulcher will all play for Detroit and likely play a period each in goal.
The face-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and the game will air on NBC Sports Chicago Plus.