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Game Thread: Oilers @ Blackhawks - Sans Kane

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The Oilers are in Chicago tonight to play a Blackhawks team without their top offensive threat.

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The Oilers are coming off an expected but equally lacklustre loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday evening. The team got out shot 14-4 in the opening frame, and chances are the defence will continue to struggle as they try to defend against National Hockey League competition. Can a combination of internal development and off-season acquisitions right the ship in 2015-2016?

How to Tune in

The puck drops at 6:30 PM MT on Sportsnet Oilers.

What to Watch for From the Oilers

Historically, games between these two teams have featured goals and energy a plenty. For an Oilers team that has only scored two goals twice in their last five games, this could be just the sort of pick me up they need to provide fans with a little bit of excitement to close out this wretched season.

What to Watch for From the Blackhawks

From Second City Hockey, the Blackhawks made a number of acquisitions to try and fill the holes in their lineup—most notably the void left by the injured Patrick Kane—heading into the post-season. Andrew Desjardins will make his Hawks debut tonight.

Monday's game marked the debut of a pair of recent acquisitions, defenseman Kimmo Timonenand forward Antoine Vermette, but Jonathan Toews stole the show with two goals and an assist for Chicago's third victory in their last four games. Toews has now reached the 20-goal mark every year in his eight-year NHL career.

Desjardins, who was acquired from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Ben Smith on Monday, skated alongside Bryan Bickell and with Brad Richards centering the third line in each of the past two days practices. He will wear the No. 11 sweater. This means Teuvo Tervainen will be a healthy scratch.

Final Thought