Hawks prepping for Edmonton Oilers

This game definitely falls within the category of trap game facing the worse team in the entire NHL the Hawks will be putting to the test the new found energy and jump provided by the trade deadline acquisitions.

To add insult literally to injury the Oilers are banged up and missing many of their key pieces both in goal and their big scoring threat Taylor Hall which makes them appear easy prey. The Hawks will need to guard against complacency in this game for sure and continue to try to gather as many points as possible.

It also does not help the Hawks that they have had an unusually long break from action this week and may need to shake off some rust themselves.

The Oilers historically have always played the Hawks and they should be prepared again for the Oilers best efforts. In their last meeting the Oilers drilled the Hawks to a 5-2 loss back in January in response to the Hawks blasting them to 7-1 win earlier this season.

This will be the last game between the clubs so the Hawks would like to end this on a high note. Look for a fast paced run and gun game.

 

Who to look out for:

The Edmonton Oilers leading point getters are the usual young guns, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent Hopkins and Taylor Hall who is currently out with a leg injury.

For the Hawks are now missing their leading scorer in Patrick Kane but filling in is the entire line of Jonathan Toews with Brandon Saad and the ageless wonder Marian Hossa his linemates right behind leading the way.

INJURY REPORT

Blackhawks

Patrick Kane is on LTIR from broken clavicle surgery

Johnny Oduya – is out with upper body injury on a day to day basis

Oilers

Taylor Hall - is out til late March with leg injury

Nakita Nikitan– is out til early-mid March with shoulder

Anton Lander – is out indefinitely with shoulder injury

Viktor Fasth - is out indefinitely with knee injury

Liro Parkarinen– is out indefinitely with knee injury

Tyler Pitlick – is out for 3-4 weeks with lacerated spleen

 

 

Where to watch: CSN TV or listen on WGN radio 720 in chicago