Preview: Oilers at Blackhawks
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[December 17, 2015]
After seeing his franchise-record
26-game point streak come to an end, Patrick Kane looks to pick himself
off the mat on Thursday when the Chicago Blackhawks conclude their
four-game homestand versus the Edmonton Oilers. Kane and his mates were
kept off the scoresheet in a 3-0 setback to Central Division rival
Colorado on Tuesday, but the 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy winner recorded a
four-point performance in Chicago's 4-2 victory over Edmonton on Nov. 8.
Kane (one goal, five assists) and rookie linemate Artemi Panarin
(three of each) have six points in the first two contests of the
three-game season series. While Chicago fell for the second time in
six outings on Tuesday, Edmonton saw its six-game winning streak
come to a halt with a 4-2 setback to the New York Rangers. Taylor
Hall and Jordan Eberle each scored to continue their sizzling
six-game streaks on Tuesday, as the former has six goals and four
assists during that stretch while the latter has five and three,
respectively. Eberle has netted a goal in each contest versus the
Blackhawks this season and has 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists)
in 19 career encounters.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, RSNO (Edmonton), CSN Chicago
ABOUT THE OILERS (14-16-2): Teddy Purcell, who recorded three
assists in two meetings with Chicago, set up a tally versus the
Rangers for his seventh point (two goals, five assists) in five
games. Cam Talbot didn't face his former team on Tuesday, but looks
to ride the momentum of his career-high 47-save performance in a 3-2
victory over Boston on Monday. The 28-year-old has split four
decisions versus Chicago with a slim 1.52 goals-against average, but
yielded four goals in a 4-2 setback on Nov. 8.
ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (17-11-4): Kane wasn't the only one to see an
impressive streak come to an end on Tuesday, as Corey Crawford's
four-game victorious run came to a halt. Crawford also saw his
shutout streak of 155 minutes, 16 seconds end, but he made 34 saves
to record the win in both outings versus Edmonton this season. Those
decisions gave him six straight victories over the Oilers heading
into Thursday's tilt.
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1. Edmonton placed D Oscar Klefbom (fractured finger) on injured
2. Chicago has killed off 16-of-17 short-handed situations over the
last six games.
3. The Oilers are just 3-for-25 on the power play in the last eight
PREDICTION: Blackhawks 4, Oilers 3
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