Blackhawks vs. Oilers Preview: Chicago gets first look at Connor McDavid, Rogers Place
Chicago looks for their third consecutive win of the Circus Trip as they travel to Edmonton.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for their third consecutive win as they visit the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place for the first time Monday night. Chicago is headed into their fourth game of their annual Circus Trip, and have picked up four of a possible six points so far on the road.
The Hawks are coming off a wild 4-3 overtime comeback win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, and will look to continue that energy against the Oilers. Despite pulling out the victory Saturday, the Hawks gave up their fourth short-handed goal this season. The Hawks’ four short-handed goals against puts them in a three-way tie with Flyers and Stars for worst in the league.
It’s hard to complain about the SHG’s when they keep pulling off wins, but keeping this number low will help them continue the stellar start to the Circus Trip they’ve had so far this season. Chicago has gone 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, extending their record to 13-4-2 and adding to their Central Division lead.
The Oilers (10-8-1) came out flying this season going 7-1 in their first eight games, but have been struggling lately, losing five of their last six. Edmonton now sits in second in the Pacific Division, tied in points at 21 with the Ducks and Kings.
Oilers captain Connor McDavid has had an exceptional second season so far, sitting tied atop the leader board in points with 22 (eight goals and 14 assists). The Hawks missed out on facing McDavid last season because all three meetings happened when he was recovering from a broken clavicle. Chicago capitalized with McDavid out and swept the season series, scoring four goals in each contest behind Corey Crawford in net. Patrick Kane tallied two goals and five assists in the series while Artemi Panarin had four goals and four assists against the Oilers last season.
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Nick Schmaltz - Jonathan Toews - Patrick Kane
Artemi Panarin - Artem Anisimov - Marian Hossa
Andrew Desjardins - Marcus Kruger - Tyler Motte
Ryan Hartman - Vincent Hinostroza - Richard Panik/Jordin Tootoo
Duncan Keith - Brian Campbell
Michal Kempny - Brent Seabrook
Gustav Forsling - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Milan Lucic - Connor McDavid - Jesse Puljujarvi
Patrick Maroon - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Anton Slepyshev - Leon Draisaitl - Zack Kassian
Matt Hendricks - Drake Caggiula - Tyler Pitlick
Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse - Matt Benning
*Lineups will be updated if necessary
How to watch Blackhawks at Oilers
When: Monday, November 21
Where: Rogers Place
Time: 8 p.m. CT
TV: SN, SN1, CSN Chicago