Nov 21, 2013; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers left Wing Ryan Smyth (94) and teammates salute the crowd after there win against the Florida Panthers at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Chris Austin-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks next stop on the “circus trip” is Edmonton to face off against the Oilers. This will be the second meeting between the Blackhawks and the Oilers. The Oilers boast a record of 7-15-2 on the season. The Oilers are coming in on a three game winning streak. On the other hand the Blackhawks are coming in on a two game winning streak. The Blackhawks have a record of 16-4-4.
Here are three things that are gleaned from the first victory over the Edmonton Oilers:
- Despite their poor record the Oilers play hard: Six of their fifteen losses have come by one goal. One of those losses was to the Blackhawks. In the Blackhawks victory over the Oilers, the Blackhawks had two goals leads twice and the Oilers came back. The Oilers lack talent but they try to make up for it in hard work.
- The Oilers goal tending is AWFUL: The Oilers rank 29th in the NHL in goals allowed. They have given up 84 goals. In every-one of their losses they have given up three goals or more. In their loss to the Blackhawks they gave up five goals on 36 shots. Devan Dubnyk is 6-10-1 with a 3.17 goals against. While Richard Bachman is 0-2-1 with a 3.02 goals against. The Oilers were so desperate for a decent goal tender. They went and signed Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov had worn out his welcome so bad in Philadelphia, they no other NHL team would sign him. Byrgalov had started the season in the ECHL. He has yet to make a start for the Oilers this season. It will be interesting to see if they start him against the Blackhawks.
- The Oilers can score some goals: The Oilers main problem with their team is goal tending and not goal scoring. The Oilers rank 15th in the NHL with 64 goals scored on the season. The Blackhawks know the Oilers can score, Corey Crawford allowed four goals on 23 shots. The Oilers have scored four or more goals 10 times on the season.
One major thing the Blackhawks have learned about the Oilers is not to under estimate them. Their record might not be good, but the team plays hard.