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Hawks end road trip looking for fifth win in a row, Oilers begin first of three at home after the bye.

Leon Draisaitl leads the Oilers with 20 goals.
Leon Draisaitl leads the Oilers with 20 goals.
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The bye week has come and gone.  After five days of rest, the Oilers begin a three game homestand as the Chicago Blackhawks stroll in.

The Hawks are playing their second game in two nights, having defeated the Winnipeg Jets last night 5-2.

Can the Oilers take advantage of a tired Blackhawks club?

How To Tune In.

8 PM MDT on CBC and Sportsnet

What To Watch For From The Oilers

How rusty will the Oilers be after a bye week?  The Oilers played their last game six days ago against the Canadiens, a game that saw them score zero goals during regulation and overtime.  Will the Oilers be able to score early (and often) against a tired Blackhawks club?

What To Watch For From The Blackhawks

From Second City Hockey

"Darling's last appearance between the pipes was a 5-3 loss to Winnipeg on Jan. 26 at home.  The Lemont, Ill. native struggled lately to record a victory, winning just two of his last five starts.  He has produced a respectable 2.31 goals-against average, a .925 save percentage and a 12-5-2 record overall."

Corey Crawford got the start in Chicago's 5-2 win against the Jets last night.  Should Scott Darling get the start for the Blackhawks, the Oilers will face a player with a very good SV% on the year for a pretty darn good hockey team.

Final Thought

Oilers are up six points on the Kings in the Pacific, and they can be tied with the Ducks for second with a victory against the Blackhawks tonight.