Chicago (25-23-8) dropped its fourth straight game (0-2-2) with a 5-3 loss against the Oilers on Tuesday in Edmonton. It was the second straight game the Blackhawks allowed five goals after a 5-2 loss to the Jets on Sunday in Winnipeg. Both games had at least one empty-net goal.
Brandon Saad had a goal and an assist and Patrick Kane had two primary assists in Chicago’s loss in Edmonton. Robin Lehner made 26 saves on 30 shots. Corey Crawford will start Wednesday.
With this current season-long losing streak, it will take a lot to get the Blackhawks back in the playoff picture.
The Canucks (31-21-5), who ended a four-game skid of its own by defeating the Predators 6-2 on Monday, leads the Pacific Division by three points over the Oilers and Golden Knights.
Vancouver is led by one of the most universally-recognized Calder candidates this season in defenseman Quinn Hughes, who has 44 points (eight goals, 36 assists) in 56 games. He’s been excellent on the power play, with 21 points on the man advantage, but has also shown a well-rounded game defensively.
Last season’s Calder winner Elias Pettersson paces Vancouver with 57 points (23 goals, 34 assists). J.T. Miller, who was acquired from the Lightning in the offseason, isn’t far behind at 56 points (22 goals, 34 assists). The Canucks’ bright young goal scorer, Brock Boeser, who was injured in a game Saturday against the Flames, will not play Wednesday.
The Canucks are 18-6-3 at home, while the Blackhawks are 13-10-4 on the road. But Chicago is 9-1-1 in the second games of back to backs.
Vancouver will retire the numbers of Daniel (No. 22) and Henrik Sedin (No. 33) prior to the game Wednesday. Daniel set the franchise record for goals (393), power-play goals (138) and game-winning goals (138). Henrik holds the team records for games played (1,330), assists (830) and points (1,070). The ceremony will likely run long and cause the game to start late.
Chicago and Vancouver have split the season series with the home side winning each game. The Blackhawks won 5-2 on Nov. 7 in Chicago and the Canucks won 7-5 on Jan. 2 at home. Chicago has allowed at least four goals during its four-game losing streak in Vancouver.
Tale of the tape
Blackhawks — Statistic — Canucks
48.38% (23rd) — Corsi For — 48.39% (22nd)
46.01% (28th) — Expected goals for — 47.01% (27th)
2.91 (20th) — Goals per game — 3.23 (9th)
3.11 (20th) — Goals against per game — 3.04 (t-16th)
14.7% (28th) — Power play — 23.4% (7th)
82.1% (10th) — Penalty kill — 80.5% (16th)
Kubalik — Toews — Caggiula
Saad — Dach — Kane
DeBrincat — Carpenter — Strome
Nylander — Kampf — Smith
Keith — Boqvist
Murphy — Gustafsson
Maatta — Koekkoek
Pearson — Pettersson — Virtanen
Miller — Horvat — MacEwan
Eriksson — Beagle — Bailey
Roussel — Sutter — Gaudette
Tanev — Hughes
Edler — Stecher
Benn — Myers
How to watch
When: 9:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Live stream: ESPN+, NBC Sports App, NHL.TV