Preview/Game thread: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers


Edmonton Oilers (5–0–0) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (0–2–1)

7:30 p.m. CDT

United Center


Projected starters

Chicago — Corey Crawford (0–2–1, .875 save percentage, 4.63 goals against average)

Edmonton — Mike Smith (3–0–0, .907 save percentage, 2.67 goals against average)

Team statistics

Power play
Chicago (33.3%, Fourth)
Edmonton (41.2%, Second)

Penalty kill
Chicago (60.0%, 30th)
Edmonton (94.1%, Second)

Shorts for/against
Chicago (30.0, 21st; 35.0, Fourth)
Edmonton (25.8, 31st; 28.8, 27th)

Shooting percentage
Chicago (10.0%)
Edmonton (16.3%)

Face off percentage
Chicago (46.6%, 31st)
Edmonton  (47.4%, 28th)

Average height and weight
Chicago — 6-foot-1, 198 pounds
Winnipeg — 6-foot-2, 199 pounds

Projected lines and pairings

Chicago Blackhawks

Alex DeBrincat — Jonathan Toews — Drake Caggiula

Andrew Shaw — Dylan Strome — Patrick Kane

Brandon Saad — David Kampf — Dominik Kubalik

Zack Smith — Ryan Carpenter — Alexander Nylander

Duncan Keith — Connor Murphy

Olli Maatta
 — Brent Seabrook

Calvin de Haan — Erik Gustafsson

Edmonton Oilers

Leon Draisaitl — Connor McDavid — Zack Kassian

Tomas JurcoRyan Nugent-Hopkins — James Neal

Jujhar Khaira — Riley Sheahan — Alex Chiasson

Joakim NygardMarkus Granlund — Josh Archibald

Darnell Nurse — Ethan Bear

Oscar KlefbomJoel Persson

Kris Russell — Matt Benning


The Blackhawks fell to 0–2–1 on the season with another crushing loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. Despite the strong first period, the Blackhawks fell this time in overtime. Chicago was once again were let down by poor defensive positioning late in the game, which has been the theme of all three games thus far.

Despite another loss, the Blackhawks had some positives. Recently acquired Calvin de Haan made his season debut. De Haan had been out with shoulder surgery to start the season as well as a groin problem. The other bright spot for the Blackhawks was the play of Robin Lehner. Lehner kept the Blackhawks in the game with his stellar play. Despite Lehner’s stellar effort in net on Saturday, it will Corey Crawford’s turn in net. Crawford will get another chance to deliver the first win of the season against a very tough offensive-minded opponent.

The Edmonton Oilers pose an explosive offensive threat and have been on a tear early in the season. They boast Connor McDavid and James Neal leading their offensive charge, who have helped Edmonton to an undefeated start to the season. McDavid is the current points leader with 12 and reigning NHL MVP. Neal, who was acquired in a much-maligned trade from the Calgary Flames for Milan Lucic this offseason, is the current NHL goals leader with six. The challenge for the Oilers is can they continue to win on the road? This will be their third consecutive road game.

This game figures to be another wild one for the both teams. Can the Blackhawks muster up enough defense to hold off McDavid and the Oilers? Will the Blackhawks finally get their first win?

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    Sean Fitzgerald

    Edmonton Oilers (5–0–0) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (0–2–1) 7:30 p.m. CDT United Center TV/Radio: NBCSN/WGN Projected starters Chicago — Corey Crawford (0–
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    Simple. Stay out of the box. No way you go toe to toe with them on special teams. Problem is stopping the McDavid line, and Draisatl if he drops to centre the second. The rest of their lineup is a bunch of castoffs. Possession is key but that hasn’t been the Hawks forte this year.


    Solid effort. Kampf line outstanding in shutting down McDavid’s.

    Vegas Hawk

    Thought this was a really solid effort.   Goes to show what playing for a full 60 minutes will do.  With as much turnover as the team had over the summer I kind of thought it would take some games to get everyone on the same page.   Hopefully last night was a sign of things to come.

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