Chicago v Edmonton: Game Preview

 

CHI v EDM- Game Preview

3/10/13

 

The Chicago Blackhawks will drop the puck with the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night with their first regulation loss under their breezers. 

 

The Blackhawks, now 21-1-3 after their 6-2 defeat at Colorado on Friday, are matched-up at home for the second time against the struggling Edmonton Oilers, 8-11-5.

 

The Oilers are currently 29th in the league and settling at the bottom of the Western Conference with only 21 points.  Edmonton is at the tail end of their longest road trip stretch of the season (9 games), but have dropped the last 5 contests, including 2 shutout losses.  

 

Friday was no picnic for the Oilers either.  While Chicago’s point streak was being put to an end, the Nashville Predators handed Edmonton a painful 6-0 loss. 

 

The Blackhawks may be feeling a bit less pressure with their historic point streak out of the national news and can focus on improving their games, which does not have a whole lot to fix. 

 

Team Captain Jonathan Toews is catching up quickly to leading goal scorer Patrick Kane, with 4 goals and 3 assists in the last 6 games, Toews is now 11-11-22.  Not to be overlooked or underestimated is Bryan Bickell, who got first crack at Patrick Sharp’s open second line spot on Friday night and scored 1 of Chicago’s 1 goals that evening.  Bickell has 4 goals and 1 assist in the last 6 games. 

 

The Blackhawks took their last matchup 3-2 over the Oilers at the United Center on Feb 25th, the Oilers have only 1 win on their record since that game. 

 

Team Stats:

 

Team

P

P%

G/G

GA/G

PP%

PK%

S/G

SA/G

Blackhawks

45

0.900

3.08

1.96

17.4

87.2

30.9

27.0

Oilers

21

0.438

2.17

2.88

20.8

84.2

28.0

33.7

 

 

The Blackhawks will be short Patrick Sharp for the next 3-4 weeks with a shoulder injury, but that is minimal in comparison to the list of injured reserved players the Oilers have racked up, including leading goal scorer Ales Hemsky who is questionable for Sunday night. 

 

Injury Report: Blackhawks- Patrick Sharp (shoulder), Steve Montador (concussion). Oilers- Ales Hemsky (foot), Nikolai Khabibulin (groin), Mark Fistric (elbow), Andy Sutton (knee), Shawn Horcoff (hand), Teemu Hartikainen (shoulder) and Anton Lander (foot).

 

Update: Shawn Horcoff and Teemu Hartikainen will play on Sunday. 

 

Remember to follow our Blackhawks writers @TCLBlackhawks and follow me @madeleinestroth on Twitter for updates all season long! 

 

Blackhawks record: 21-1-3

Oilers record: 8-11-5

Time: 6:00pm CST

Location: United Center

Where to watch: CSN-CH, SNET-W

Where to listen: WGN 720, 630 CHED

Giveaway: Blackhawks Green Hat (presented by Comcast SportsNet) 

Next 2 games: Thurs 3/14 @STL, Sat 3/16 @DAL