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who search through blogs by day,
and listen to call-in shows by night!
Lift up your hands and shout praises to Yahweh
and to his chosen team!
May Yahweh, the creator of heaven and earth,
who held back his favour when we worshiped in his Temple,
show us his mighty power in foreign lands.
Edmonton Oilers (3-6-2) @8-7-1)
United Center, 5:00 p.m. MST
Television: Sportsnet Edmonton
More analysis after the jump...
Visiting Team Scouting Report:
When the Blackhawks moved their depth to retain their star players, they didn't necessarily make a poor choice, but they did make the risk of injury somewhat more tangible, and with two of their big six forwards out of the lineup because of injury, the Hawks are not an imposing bunch up front. As he did when these two teams last met, Joel Quenneville will have the last change, and if the last few games are any indication, he'll use that advantage to make sure that his fourth line gets some shelter, which means he'll need to rely on his top two lines - both of which have a rookie on board - to take on tougher competition. In some ways, the Hossa-less, Bolland-less Blackhawks are just like the Oilers up front. The big difference is on the back-end. Both teams do employ a couple of slugs, but Chicago's top end talent is much, much better.
Edmonton Oilers (3-6-2):
Hall - Horcoff - Hemsky
Paajarvi - Gagner - Eberle
Penner - Cogliano - Brule
Jones - Fraser - Stortini
Whitney - Vandermeer
Smid - Foster
Strudwick - Gilbert
Chicago Blackhawks (8-7-1)
Stalberg - Toews - Kane
Brouwer - Sharp - Morin
Kopecky - Dowell - Bickell
Scott - Pisani - Skille
Keith - Seabrook
Hjalmarsson - Campbell
Cullimore - Boynton
By the Numbers:
- Thanks to JLikenslast year's team earned 45.1% of Corsi events with the score close within one in the first two periods, or tied in the third period or overtime)
- Patrick Sharp is one of the NHL's leading scorers so far this season with 17 points in 15 games, but his -10 rating stands out like a sore thumb. It's never a good sign when your team's leading scorer also has the worst +/- rating.
- so far this season