Blackhawks @ Oilers Game 25 Preview

Chris Austin-USA TODAY Sports

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16-4-4, 1.50 p/g Ranks 7-15-2, .666 p/g
Western Conf: 2nd Western Conf: 15th
4th P/G 29th
2nd ST 24th
7th ES 28th
20th Goal 29th
7:30 PM MDT - Sportsnet West

Rexall Place

The opposing view: Second City Hockey

Top Story:

  • THREE IN A ROW! THREE IN A ROW! Hey, how many games is this team out of a playoff spot? Hey, cool. How many games is this team below .500? Okay, screw it. The Oilers are on a three game winning streak, they're playing their best hockey of the season, and if the stars align just right, they just might be able to nudge Chicago off their game long enough to make it four in a row. Maybe. Hey, it could happen. It might happen. It's not impossible. Stranger things have happened.

The Oilers are saying:

"It's nice, you know, coming to the rink after winning games, it's something we haven't had a lot of this year, so it makes it more fun for us to come here...it's a fun atmosphere"

That's Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz when asked what it's like at practice now compared to a couple of weeks ago.

Winning is fun. It's been proven in a court of law. It's more fun for the players, it's more fun for the fans, and it's got to be more fun for whoever runs the Oilers Twitter account. You can only take so much profanity spewed in your direction before it brings you down, man.

The Opponent is saying:

"It can turn around pretty quickly if we get some chances...Especially the opportunities we got. They were A-plus chances, and we usually bury those"

That's Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford on Chicago's 2-1 victory in Vancouver on Saturday night. Chicago scored both goals in a span of nine seconds in the third period.

I'm not a giant Blackhawks fan, but I think we can all get behind Chicago scoring two goals in nine seconds against the Canucks. It's a shame the Blackhawks couldn't replicate these nine seconds a few dozen more times during the game.

Of note:

Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa did not participate in Saturday night's game against the Canucks. Hossa had left the team to attend to a family matter. You may (or may not) see him in the Hawks lineup tonight. The Blackhawks also activated Michal Handzus prior to Saturday's contest against Vancouver, but he did not play.

Oilers are expected to go with the same lineup that's worked for the first three games of this winning streak. You know the drill by now. #FreeArco

Projected Lines & Pairings:

The Edmonton Oilers

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Nail Yakupov - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky

Ryan Smyth - Boyd Gordon - David Perron

Jesse Joensuu - Will Acton - Luke Gazdic

Andrew Ference - Jeff Petry

Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz

Anton Belov - Philip Larsen

Devan Dubnyk

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The Chicago Blackhawks

Patrick Sharp - Jonathan Toews - Brandon Saad

Kris Versteeg - Brandon Pirri - Patrick Kane

Jeremy Morin - Andrew Shaw - Michal Handzus

Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger - Ben Smith

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook

Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Nick Leddy - Michal Rozsival

Corey Crawford

Four game winning streak? It could happen. Right?

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