Game Preview : Bounce Back Game

Jonathan Daniel

Chicago Blackhawks (45 pts 21-1-3) vs Edmonton Oilers (21 points 8-11-5) 6PM United Center - Chicago IL, TV: CSN Chicago Radio: WGN 720 AM

Season Series

Date Score W. Goal
Apr 24 '13
Mar 10 '13
Feb 25 '13 EDM 2 at CHI 3 - OT M. Hossa

The Hawks historic point streak to start a season ended Friday night with a 6-2 loss to the Avalanche. Thankfully in this lockout shortened season they don't have to wait very long to get back on the ice. Now the Blackhawks can put their focus back on winning another Stanley Cup and not have to worry about goofy ESPN reporters and becoming Twitter BFF's with basketball players. Don't look for too many changes from Friday night's line up. Corey Crawford should get the start in net tonight after his worst start of the season in Denver. He did not see the Oilers back on Feb 25th and has struggled against them in his career. In seven games versus Edmonton he is 2-4-0 with a 3.43 GAA and a .871 save %.

The Oilers started a nine game road trip at the UC on Feb 25th and are still in the midst of it when they come calling tonight. The road has not been very kind to them as they are 1-4-2 through the first seven games. Edmonton is on a major scoring drought. They have not scored a goal in the last 164:29 they have played and were crushed 6-0 by the offensive juggernaut they are the Nashville Predators in their last game. The Blackhawks should get their first look of the year at Devan Dubnyk tonight. He is 2-2-0 with a 3.72 GAA and a .910 save % in 5 games against the Hawks.

Probable Chicago Blackhawks lineup

Foward

Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa

Bryan Bickell - Dave Bolland - Patrick Kane

Daniel Carcillo - Andrew Shaw -Viktor Stalberg

Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger - Michael Frolik

Defensive Pairings

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook

Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Nick Leddy - Michal Rozsival

Goaltender

Corey Crawford 11-1-3, 1.81 GAA, .930 save %, 2 SO

Injuries

Patrick Sharp (shoulder) OUT, Steve Montador (concussion) questionable

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
P. Kane 25 12 15 27 8 2 5 1
J. Toews 25 11 11 22 12 19 2 2
M. Hossa 24 10 9 19 8 12 2 4
P. Sharp 24 5 13 18 7 14 1 1
V. Stalberg 25 6 7 13 9 10 0 1

Probable Edmonton Oilers lineup

Forwards

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Magnus Paajarvi - Sam Gagner - Nail Yakupov

Lennart Petrell - Ryan Smyth - Eric Belanger

Ryan Jones - Shawn Horcoff - Mike Brown

Defensive Pairings

Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz

Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry

Theo Peckham - Ryan Whitney

Goaltender

Devan Dubnyk 6-9-4, 2.85 GAA, .916 save %, 0 SO

Injuries

Ales Hemsky (foot) questionable, Nikolai Khabibulin (groin) OUT, Mark Fistric (elbow) OUT, Andy Sutton (knee) OUT, Shawn Horcoff (hand) OUT, Teemu Hartikainen (shoulder) OUT Anton Lander (foot) OUT

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
S. Gagner 24 7 14 21 -4 19 2 1
T. Hall 21 4 15 19 -4 25 0 0
J. Eberle 24 6 11 17 -6 4 3 1
A. Hemsky 23 8 5 13 -6 8 5 0
J. Schultz 24 5 8 13 -10 4 4 1

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EDM
Stats
CHI
24 GP 25
8 W 21
11 L 1
5 OT 3
21 P 45
0.438 P% 0.9
2.17 G/G 3.08
2.88 GA/G 1.96
20.8 PP% 17.4
84.2 PK% 87.2
28 S/G 30.9
33.7 SA/G 27
46.1 FO% 49.4

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