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The Blackhawks travel to Rexall Place, which has not been friendly to them in recent history, to take on the Oilers.

Perry Nelson


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Chicago Blackhawks (36 pts, 16-4-4) @ Edmonton Oilers (16 pts, 7-15-2)

8:30 pm CDT, Rexall Place - Edmonton, AB

TV : CSN Chicago

Radio : 720 AM WGN

Blackhawks' last game : 2-1 W @ Canucks

Oilers' last game : 4-1 W vs Panthers

Enemy Territory : The Copper & Blue

Season Series/Schedule

DATE SCORE W. GOAL
Jan 12 '14
Nov 25 '13
Nov 10 '13 EDM 4 at CHI 5 D. Keith

38 : The number of blocked shots by Boyd Gordon, which leads all forwards in the NHL.

30 : The number of points (9 G, 21 A) Patrick Kane has scored against Edmonton in 23 career games.

21.5 : The Oilers' power play conversion rate, which is 9th in the NHL. Moral of the story; stay out of the box!

16 : The number of points (5 G, 11 A) the Oilers' leading scorer Jordan Eberle has in 11 career games versus the Blackhawks.

10 : The number consecutive games, including tonight, Devan Dubnyk has started in net for the Oilers.

4 : The number goals Nail Yakupov has scored this year, all of them on the power play.

3.46 : The Oilers' goals against average. Only the Flames, who the Blackhawks play on Wednesday, has a higher goals against average at 3.61.

0-3-0 : The Oilers record versus the Central Division this year.

.948 : Devan Dubnyk's save % in his last five starts.

-20 : The Oilers' goal differential on the season, 63 goals scored with 83 given up.

Probable Blackhawks Lineup

Forwards

Patrick Sharp - Jonathan Toews - Brandon Saad
Michal Handzus - Brandon Pirri - Patrick Kane
Kris Versteeg- Andrew ShawJeremy Morin
Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger - Ben Smith

Defensive Pairings

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Nick Leddy - Michal Rozsival

Goaltender

Corey Crawford (15-4-3, 2.50 GAA, .908 save %, 0 SO)

Injuries

Michael Kostka (broken foot) out, Bryan Bickell (lower body) out, Nikolai Khabibulin (lower body) out, Marian Hossa (personal) out

Leading Scorers

PLAYER GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
P. Kane 24 12 13 25 -2 10 5 3
J. Toews 24 11 12 23 +8 14 2 0
P. Sharp 24 8 13 21 +11 6 1 1
D. Keith 24 1 17 18 +8 4 1 1
M. Hossa 20 10 7 17 +15 6 1 1

Probable Oilers Lineup

Forwards

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Nail Yakupov - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky
Ryan Smyth - Boyd Gordon - David Perron
Jesse Joensuu - Will Acton - Luke Gazdic

Defensive Pairings

Andrew Ference - Jeff Petry
Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz
Anton Belov - Philip Larsen

Goaltender

Devan Dubnyk (6-10-1, 3.17 GAA, .896 save %, 1 SO)

Injuries

Richard Bachman (lower body) out, Tyler Pitlick (knee) out

Leading Scorers

PLAYER GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
J. Eberle 24 8 12 20 -1 2 1 1
D. Perron 20 8 10 18 -2 20 4 1
R. Nugent-Hopkins 22 5 13 18 -10 4 2 1
T. Hall 17 6 10 16 -7 6 1 0
A. Hemsky 24 4 8 12 -12 4 0 0

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