Mar 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Edmonton Oilers left wingTaylor Hall
(4) shoots over Chicago Blackhawks defensemanDuncan Keith
(2) with goalieCorey Crawford
(50) making a save during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Game #46- Chicago Blackhawks (34-6-5) vs Edmonton Oilers (17-21-7)
TV- TSN, CSN-Chicago
Game Time-8:30 Central
Season Series- Edmonton won 6-5 in March and the Hawks won 3-2 in Overtime in February both games were in Chicago
Preview- The Oilers were eliminated from the playoffs a while back and now are playing out the string. Taylor Hall leads the team in goals scored with 15, but the hottest Oiler is Jordan Eberle who has collected four points in the last three games. The Oilers are below .500 at home and away which is tough for the fans of this proud franchise to swallow. One thing the Oilers have done in the recent past is putting a major league beat down on the Hawks in Edmonton. They outscored the Hawks 17-6 in two games last year in Edmonton.
The Blackhawks are coming off their worst defeat of the season in Vancouver. The next two games should have less playoff feel with both the Oilers and Flames outside of the playoff picture. The Blackhawks goal from this point forward is health, rest, staying sharp in that order. Dave Bolland left the Canucks game with a lower body injury and his defense will be needed come playoff time. Patrick Sharp made the trip and could be returning to the ice tonight in Edmonton. The Hawks road shutout streak came to an end Monday night in Vancouver as well.
Prediction-This will be a wide open high scoring affair with the Hawks coming out on top with a 6-4 victory.
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