Blackhawks look to bounce back as they host Connor McDavid’s Edmonton Oilers

The NHL’s young phenom heads to the United Center tonight

The only good thing about Wednesday night’s performance from the Chicago Blackhawks — probably their worst in this young season — is that redemption is just 24 hours away. On Thursday night, the Blackhawks return to Chicago to face Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.

Chicago (4-2-1) waited about 50 minutes to show up for its Wednesday night game in St. Louis and finally solved Jake Allen for a pair of third-period goals. But they were already down 4-0 at that point, ultimately losing 5-2.

Do you know what Edmonton’s record is through five games this season? Go ahead, guess. You’re probably wrong: It’s 1-4-0. The Oilers won their season opener but have dropped four in a row, most recently a 5-3 home defeat against the Carolina Hurricanes. It’s been a rough start for a team that garnered consideration as a potential Stanley Cup finalist this season. According to our colleagues over at Copper and Blue, the Oilers have struggled to put together a full 60-minute performance this season. Injuries haven’t helped, with D-man Andrej Sekera likely out til 2018 while recovering from ACL surgery and Leon Draisaitl on the shelf due to a concussion. But they still have that Connor McDavid guy, who might be pretty good at this hockey thing. Kailer Yamamoto, Edmonton’s first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, is expected to be in the lineup again as well.

For the Blackhawks, an optional morning skate after returning to Chicago late last night makes it tough to get a good read on the lineup for Thursday night. Word from that morning skate has Jordan Oesterle making his Blackhawks debut tonight. Tanner Kero is back as well and Anton Forsberg will be in net.

FWIW, I’ve got Gustav Forsling and Lance Bouma getting a seat in the press box to make way for Oesterle and Kero. We’ll find out during tonight’s warmups.

Projected lineups


F1Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Alex DeBrincat
F2Richard Panik - Nick Schmaltz - Patrick Kane
F3Patrick Sharp - Artem Anisimov - John Hayden
F4Lance Bouma - Tommy Wingels - Ryan Hartman
D1Duncan Keith - Jan Rutta
D2Gustav Forsling - Brent Seabrook
D3Michal Kempny - Connor Murphy
GoaltenderCorey Crawford


F1Sven Andrighetto - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen
F2Gabriel Landeskog - Matt Duchene - Nail Yakupov
F3Matthew Nieto - Carl Soderberg - Blake Comeau
F4A.J. Greer - Alexander Kerfoot - Rocco Grimaldi
D1Anton Lindholm - Erik Johnson
D2Patrik Nemeth - Tyson Barrie
D3Mark Barberio - Andrei Mironov
GoaltenderJonathan Bernier

How to watch Oilers at Blackhawks

Start time: 7:30 p.m. CT

Location: United Center, Chicago