Chicago (25-22-8) is coming off a 5-2 loss against the Jets on Sunday as the Blackhawks started their five-game road trip through Western Canada. The loss followed back-to-back overtime defeats for the Blackhawks, who fell 3-2 to the Wild on Feb. 4 in Minnesota and 2-1 to the Bruins the next day in Chicago.
Blackhawks rookie defenseman Adam Boqvist and forward Alex Nylander will return to the lineup, while defenseman Nick Seeler and forward Dylan Strome will be healthy scratches. Boqvist missed the game Sunday due to precautionary reasons for a right shoulder injury. Chicago head coach Jeremy Colliton said he wanted to see more from Strome.
Colliton on Strome: "Think he's got more to give. As a staff, it's our job to help him get there. Combination of feedback and, sometimes, you've got to come out. You want to get Nylander back in, and Highmore's played well, other guys have played well."— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) February 11, 2020
As the Blackhawks to stay in a playoff race they’ll face the Oilers (29-20-6) without their biggest star in Connor McDavid, who will be out 2-3 weeks with a quad injury. The center practiced Monday before leaving early. He was injured during a 3-2 win against the Predators on Feb. 8 when he went into the boards after being checked by Nashville defenseman Dante Fabbro in the second period, iced the knee between period and played 5:47 in the third.
McDavid has 81 points (30 goals, 51 assists) in 55 games this season for the Oilers, who are in second place in the Pacific Division, three points behind the first-place Canucks.
The Oilers, however, are clicking with an 8-3-1 record in their past 12 games. They’ll lean on Leon Draisaitl even more with McDavid out. Draisaitl leads Edmonton with 85 points (31 goals, 54 assists) in 55 games this season.
Mike Smith, who is 7-0-2 in his past nine starts, will start in net against Chicago.
Chicago has won two straight against Edmonton, including a 3-1 victory Oct. 14 at home. Patrick Kane, Brandon Saad and Alex Nylander each scored a goal, and Corey Crawford made 27 saves.
Tale of the tape
Blackhawks — Statistic — Oilers
48.1% (26th) — Corsi For — 48.2% (23rd)
46.56% (28th) — Expected goals for — 48.8% (20th)
2.91 (20th) — Goals per game — 3.16 (t-12th)
3.07 (t-18th) — Goals against per game — 3.11 (t-20th)
49.7% (t-16th) — Faceoffs — 48.8% (t-24th)
15% (28th) — Power play — 29.3% (1st)
83% (7th) — Penalty kill — 83.2% (5th)
Kubalik — Toews — Caggiula
Saad — Dach — Kane
DeBrincat — Kampf — Nylander
Smith — Carpenter — Highmore
Keith — Boqvist
Gustafsson — Murphy
Maatta — Koekkoek
Nugent Hopkins — Draisaitl — Yamamoto
Gagner — Haas — Chiasson
Archibald — Sheahan — Kassian
Khaira — Cave — Russell
Klefbom — Larsson
Nurse — Bear
Jones — Benning
How to watch
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton
TV: NBC Sports Chicago+
Live stream: NBC Sports app, NHL.TV