Feb 25, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Edmonton Oilers goalieNikolai Khabibulin
(35) makes a save Chicago Blackhawks defensemanJohnny Oduya
(27) during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in overtime. The Blackhawks set an NHL record for scoring at least one point in 19 consecutive games to open a season. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
Game #26– Edmonton Oilers (8-11-5) at Chicago Blackhawks (21-1-3)
Game Time-6:00pm Central Time
Radio– WGN Radio
Season Series– Blackhawks lead 1-0 after the Hawks 3-2 overtime win on February 25th in Chicago.
Preview– The Edmonton Oilers are struggling playing against the Central division especially on the offensive end. The Oilers have gone 7 1/2 periods without a goal and have been outscored 9-0 in their last two outings against the Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators. The Oilers are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games so saying they aren’t playing their best hockey is an understatement. The Oilers leading scorer Ales Hemsky missed Friday night’s game in Nashville but could make it back to the ice tonight in Chicago, they could use any and all help getting pucks in the net.
The Blackhawks streak that had to come to end sometime,and it finally did so now they get to rebound against a team that always plays them tough. The loss of Patrick Sharp seemed to mess with the Hawks lines and continuity a bit with Bryan Bickell joining the second line and collecting a goal but seemed out of place most of the evening. The Hawks history making ride is over but the real goal is to be healthy and playing good hockey come playoff time so now that the streak pressure is off it’s time to get back to the basics starting tonight against a team that is struggling.
Prediction– The Hawks come out of the gates flying and win easily 4-0.
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