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Blackhawks continue Canadian road trip against Oilers

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Chicago will face Edmonton for the first time on the road this season.

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Edmonton Oilers Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks continue their Western Canada swing against the Oilers at Rogers Place, following a 4-2 loss Wednesday night in Vancouver.

Patrick Kane is still listed as “day-to-day” with an illness after sitting out against the Canucks. Kane paces the team with 18 points, and his 11 goals are tied for the NHL lead with Boston’s David Pastrnak. Chris Kunitz stepped into Kane’s spot on the second line alongside Brandon Saad and Artem Anisimov. Kunitz, who was a healthy scratch in the Hawks’ 2-1 overtime loss to Edmonton on Sunday at home, recorded the primary assist on Saad’s goal against the Canucks.

All eyes will be on Jonathan Toews, as the captain is one goal away from tallying his 300th career NHL goal. Toews has not scored in Edmonton since 2014, but that just means he’s due for a big night. He has seven goals in 13 games this season.

Cam Ward will likely start in net for the Hawks (6-4-3) after Corey Crawford made 24 saves against the Canucks. Ward has looked ordinary in his last few starts, averaging a little more than 35 saves a game with a 4.2 goals-against average. His last appearance was admirable though, as Ward made 24 saves Sunday against Edmonton in Chicago.

The Oilers (6-4-1) enter the contest on the heels of a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. Stop us if you’ve heard this one, but some guy named Connor McDavid leads the team in goals (9) and total points (18). He currently has a five-game goal streak rolling, with at least a point in 10 of 11 games.

Backup goalie Mikko Koskinen will make his second start of the season between the pipes. He made 27 saves in his season debut for the Oilers in a 5-3 win over Nashville on Oct. 27.

How can Chicago drain the Oilers? The power play (gulp).

In Tuesday night’s game against Minnesota, the Oilers were 0 for 3 on the penalty kill. Edmonton has allowed 11 goals (69 percent) on the man advantage. Such a vulnerable part of the Oilers’ game should provide a spark for the seemingly always-struggling Chicago power play. The Hawks have only converted six goals on 43 opportunities this season, with two goals coming on the road.



DeBrincat — Toews — Kahun

Saad — Anisimov — Kunitz

Fortin — Johnson — Schmaltz

Kampf — Kruger — Hayden

Keith — Jokiharju

Gustafsson — Seabrook

Manning — Davidson




Nugent-HopkinsMcDavid — Caggiula

Rieder — Draisaitl — Chiasson

Lucic — Strome — Puljujarvi

Khaira — Brodziak — Kassian

Klefbom — Larsson

Nurse — Russell

Garrison — Benning



How to watch

Start Time: 8 p.m. Central

Location: Rogers Place, Edmonton

TV: NBC Sports Chicago