Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
The Oilers have hit rock bottom, but have a bunch of players drawing in tonight. Will it help?
In the game thread for the first Blackhawks matchup, I wrote:
6-3. All the Oilers have to do is go 6-3 on this road trip and they should be in 7th place when they leave Denver. 4-4-1 and they're likely still in 12th place with four teams between them and a playoff spot. It's not likely (they play the 15-0-3 Chicago Blackhawks twice in nine games) but it wasn't likely that the Oilers would come back on Phoenix.
This has not happened at all. The Oilers are in trouble, and even with a bunch of positive players returning tonight, they're still in deep to a Chicago team that is really well-constructed.
Patrick Sharp and lost to Colorado, so they're probably annoyed.Report: The Blackhawks lost
Expected Line Combinations
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Ales Hemsky-
By The Numbers
- The Oilers are down to 7th in STE while the Blackhawks are in 9th. The Oilers have no advantage on the power play or short-handed - these are evenly matched special teams.
- The last time the Oilers played competitive hockey was 2008.
- The Hawks are still getting out of this world (for their two goaltenders, at least) goaltending at even strength. Corey Crawford and Ray Emery have combined for a .933 save percentage at evens, good for 4th in the league.