Blackhawks-Lightning stream: How to watch Wednesday Night Hockey

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NBCSN’s coverage of the 2020-21 NHL season continues with Wednesday’s matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.

After finally breaking through in last year’s playoffs, the Lightning will begin their trek towards another title as they host the Blackhawks on opening night of the 2020-21 season. Tampa is looking to become just the second team in the last 23 years to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

Repeating as Cup champs is already hard enough and now Tampa will have to endure a massive obstacle as they begin the season without Nikita Kucherov. The 2019 Hart Trophy winner underwent hip surgery in late December and will be sidelined for the entire regular season. Kucherov led all skaters with a franchise-record 34 points (7G-27A) in the playoffs.

While Tampa will be without Kucherov, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is out indefinitely as he deals with an illness.

Chicago’s offense took another major blow this offseason after Kirby Dach underwent surgery to repair a right wrist fracture in late December. Dach, who was named captain of Team Canada for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, suffered the injury on Dec. 23 in the exhibition opener of the world juniors. It was announced in late December that he would be sidelined for 4-5 months.

The Blackhawks announced in October that the team was heading in a different direction and the franchise would be entering a rebuild. The news came after the team chose to move on from veterans Corey Crawford and Brandon Saad. With Toews out indefinitely, the team will have to build around Kane.

[COVERAGE BEGINS AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN]

WHAT: Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning
WHERE: AMALIE Arena
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN
ON THE CALL: John Forslund, Eddie Olczyk, Brian Boucher
LIVE STREAM: You can watch the Blackhawks-Lightning stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

BLACKHAWKS
Alex DeBrincatDylan StromePatrick Kane
Dominik Kubalik – Pius Suter – Brandon Pirri
Mattias JanmarkLucas WallmarkAndrew Shaw
Matthew HighmoreDavid KampfRyan Carpenter

Duncan KeithConnor Murphy
Calvin de HaanIan Mitchell
Nikita ZadorovAdam Boqvist

Starting goalie: Malcolm Subban

LIGHTNING
Ondrej PalatBrayden PointSteven Stamkos
Alex KillornAnthony CirelliMathieu Joseph
Blake ColemanYanni GourdeBarclay Goodrow
Pat MaroonMitchell StephensAlexander Volkov

Victor Hedman – Jan Rutta
Mikhail SergachevErik Cernak
Ryan McDonaghCal Foote

Starting goalie: Andrei Vasilevskiy

Kathryn Tappen anchors studio coverage throughout the evening with analysts Keith Jones and Patrick Sharp as well as NHL insider Bob McKenzie.