Question 1: I think the obvious answer is Edmonton. With the California teams struggling to get going this season, the Oilers are proving to be a very formidable team in the West. Connor McDavid leads the team in nearly every offensive category, so it’s safe to say that Edmonton will pose the biggest threat to Chicago.
Question 2: The next Blackhawks legend to get “One More Shift” should be Eddie Olczyk. The hometown boy along with Pat Foley is the voice of the Chicago Blackhawks, and with Hall of Fame honors and a very strong career, the Chicago native deserves another shift.
Until last season, Edzo was tied with Phil Kessel for longest point streak by an American-born player (18 games). I say he should be given the next opportunity.
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Question 1: The biggest threat remaining on the Circus Trip is the Anaheim Ducks.
With defenseman Hampus Lindholm finally signed and back on the ice, the Ducks are on a bit of a roll and sit atop the Pacific Division with 21 points.
Goaltending has been inconsistent, but the Ducks’ special teams are both ranked in the top four in the Western Conference. Thankfully, the ‘Hawks will have a day off to recharge before playing the Ducks in what is sure to be an intense, physical battle.
Question 2: The next participant in the One More Shift program should be Troy Murray.
Drafted by the Blackhawks in the third round of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, Murray played a total of 12 seasons with the ‘Hawks, and ranks 14th on the Blackhawks’ all-time assists list with 291, 18th in goals with 197 and 15th in total points with 488.
Murray also won the Frank J. Selke Award for best defensive forward in 1986. He’s still a fan favorite, serving as color commentator for Blackhawks radio broadcasts. The team could even have him mic’d up for the warmup skate.
Question 1: The ‘Hawks have had playoff history with all of these teams except for Edmonton. It seems like the Oil Change is finally getting it together.
This team is fast, it wants an up-tempo-style game and it can score at will. Connor McDavid and the Oilers will definitely play up to their competition when Chicago comes to town.
Question 2: I would like to see Jeremy Roenick suit up one more time for the ‘Hawks. He spent a lot of time in Chicago and was so emotional when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010. It would be great to see him sporting the Indian Head once again.