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The Oilers look to build on their five goal performance from Saturday night as they play host to the Blackhawks.

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What you need to know

Oilers Record: 10-8-1 (2nd in the Pacific Division)
Last 10: 3-6-1
Blackhawks Record: 13-4-2 (1st in the Central Division)
Last 10: 8-1-1

Oilers All-Time Record vs Chicago: 65-69-12-3
Goals For/Against: 534/535
Oilers Record Last Season vs Chicago: 0-2-1
Goals For/Against: 5/12
Streak: The Blackhawks have won four straight agains the Oilers and nine of the last ten.

Puck Drop: 7:00PM MST
Television: Sportsnet
The Opposing View: Second City Hockey | Twitter: @2ndCityHockey

Tonight's Storyline

So Saturday night was fun, wasn't it? A hattrick from Connor McDavid and five goals for the Oilers. It was about damn time too.

As much as it would be nice to see a similar performance on home ice tonight, I won't be holding my breath as the Blackhawks have been allowing just 1.40 goals per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 this season, that's the best rate in the NHL. Now, at first glance the Hawks powerplay might look bad - okay, 12.44 goals against per 60 minutes is terrible rather than bad - but that was more of an early season problem than a total system problem as the Hawks have allowed just three powerplay goals in their last 11 games; they allowed 15 powerplay goals (seriously, 15) in their first eight games of the season. Could the Oilers score five again tonight? Of course they could, Connor McDavid is on the team so anything is possible, but like I said, I won't be holding my breath.

Line Combinations

Forward Lines
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

Defence Pairs
Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse - Matt Benning

Goalies
Cam Talbot
Jonas Gustavsson