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Blackhawks vs. Oilers game preview: They gotta win this one, right?

The Oilers can't beat anyone these days, so the 'Hawks should be confident entering Friday night's game in Edmonton.

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The Blackhawks (27-12-2) have won five consecutive games in the series against Edmonton (9-23-9), including three in on the road. In the first of three meetings this season, they won 7-1 on Nov. 22 in Edmonton. Jonathan Toews scored twice, Marian Hossa had a goal and three assists and Patrick Kane chipped in a goal.

The Blackhawks arrive in Alberta off a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild, despite being outshot, 44-20, with most of the Wild's shots coming in last 40 minutes.

Patrick Sharp scored the first period to give Chicago their first opening goal in six games, while Patrick Kane also found the net and Bryan Bickell added two goals in the third period for a 4-2 win in Minnesota on Thursday.

Bickell's stick is red-hot, having scored four in his last five games. The 28-year-old was moved up to the second line alongside Brad Richards and Kane against Minnesota, providing a spark from a player who's at times disappointed in the regular season. He has 16 points (8G, 8A) at the midway mark this season.

Kane's goal was his 20th on the season, marking the eighth time in as many NHL seasons he has reached the milestone.

Toews enjoys playing the Oilers as he has tallied 27 points in 26 games. His 16 goals against Edmonton is the best against any NHL team.

Opponent Breakdown: Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton will try to avoid their 24th loss in 27 games. The Oilers are 3-15-8 over that span and are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at home on Tuesday. They are the only NHL team without a double-digit win total this season.

Jordan Eberle scored twice, including the game-tying goal late in the third period, but a Pavel Datsyuk power-play score and an empty-net goal hand the Oilers the loss.

Edmonton's top line of Taylor Hall-Eberle-Ryan Nugent-Hopkins share the team lead with 25 points. Eberle is on a four-game point streak, while Hall has recorded a point in four of his last five outings.

Ben Scrivens has gone 2-0-2 in his last four games. He allowed five goals on 13 shots before being pulled in first meeting against the Blackhawks.

Injury Report

ChicagoKris Versteeg (hand) and Trevor van Riemsdyk (knee). No word on who will be healthy scratched yet after Teuvo Teravainen got the short end of the stick in Minnesota.

Edmonton: Tyler Pitlick (lacerated spleen)

Game Information

When: 8:30 p.m. CT

Where: Rexall Place


Radio: WGN-720

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