It’s officially Blackhawks gameday! Sure, it’s only preseason, but the Hawks finally return to the game action tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Preseason contests will serve as a tune-up for the regular season and an audition for lineup spots.

With Connor Murphy and Gustav Forsling sidelined until November, many young defensemen are in the mix to fill in the blanks on the Hawks back end. Tonight, we will get a look at Carl Dahlstrom, Erik Gustafsson, Blake Hillman, and Henri Jokiharju. These defensemen have the best chance of cracking the opening night roster, while Adam Boqvist and Jake Ryczek still have stages of development to endure before they will be ready to play at the highest level.

Some exciting young forwards will also take the ice. Alexandre Fortin, Dominik Kahun, and Dylan Sikura showed flashes of brilliance at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament last week. They will be looking to showcase their abilities for the Blackhawks coaching staff tonight.

Here is the complete Blackhawks lineup:

The puck drops at 6:00 PM CT, and the broadcast can be found on NBCSCH+.

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