Blackhawks Weekly Preview: Oilers, Flyers, and Lightning — February 28 - March 6

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Blackhawks Weekly Preview: Oilers, Flyers, and Lightning — February 28 – March 6

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Following a three-day break, the Blackhawks will welcome the Oilers to the United Center on Thursday night, before entering a stretch of three-games-in-four-days, including a trip to Philly and an evening tilt with the Lightning.

This week’s slate of games features three of the most lethal scorers in the NHL in Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Sten Stamkos.

Puck Drops and Broadcast Info

•   Blackhawks vs. Oilers— Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. CT
TV: TNT
Radio: WGN 720 AM

•   Blackhawks at Flyers — Saturday, March 5 at 2:00 p.m. CT
TV: ABC, ESPN+
Radio: WGN 720 AM

•   Blackhawks vs. Lightning — Sunday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH+
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Blackhawks Expected Lines

Blackhawks (19-27-8, 46 points)

DeBrincat – Strome – Kane
Hagel – Dach – Lafferty
Kurashev Slavin Kubalík
Borgström – Carpenter – Entwistle

de Haan – S. Jones
McCabe – Murphy
C. Jones – Gustafsson

Fleury
Lankinen

Blackhawks Injury Report

Calvin de Haan (Day-to-Day – Undisclosed)
Tyler Johnson (Day-to-Day – Neck)
Jonathan Toews (IR – Concussion)
Riley Stillman (IR – Shoulder)
Reese Johnson (IR – Collarbone)
Jujhar Khaira (IR – Back)

Blackhawks Tale of the Tape

Powerplay
20.4% (16th)

Penalty-Kill
75.3% (29th)

Faceoffs
48.6% (19th)

Goals Per Game
2.43 (30th)

Goals Against Per Game
3.39 (24th)

Top Scorers

Patrick Kane: 53 PTS (16 G, 37 A)
Alex DeBrincat: 45 PTS (29 G, 16 A)
Seth Jones: 34 PTS (3 G, 31 A)

Meet the Opponents

Edmonton Oilers (29-21-3, 61 points)

•   Powerplay: 26.5% (3rd)
•   Penalty-Kill: 76.4% (26th)
•   Faceoffs: 51.9% (7th)
•   Goals Per Game: 3.26 (9th)
•   Goals Against Per Game: 3.23 (23rd)
•   Top Scorers: Connor McDavid – 75 points (28 G, 47 A), Leon Draisaitl – 74 points (36 G, 38 A), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – 37 points (7 G, 30 A)

Projected Lines

Foegele – McDavid – Hyman
Kane – Draisaitl – Sceviour
McLeod Shore Ryan
Benson – Perlini – Broberg

Nurse – Barrie
Laggeson – Ceci
Niemelainan – Bouchard

Smith
Koskinen

Injury Report

Kailer Yamamoto (Day-to-Day – Undisclosed)
Ryan Nugget-Hopkins (Day-to-Day – Upper Body)
Kris Russell (IR – Undisclosed)
Kyle Turris (IR – Undisclosed)
Duncan Keith (IR – Upper Body)
Jesse Puljujarvi (IR – Lower Body)
Josh Archibald (IR – Chest)
Zack Kassian (IR – Jaw)
Oscar Klefbom (IR – Shoulder)

Philadelphia Flyers (16-26-10, 42 points)

•   Powerplay: 14.0% (30th)
•   Penalty-Kill: 76.2% (27th)
•   Faceoffs: 53.6% (5th)
•   Goals Per Game: 2.52 (29th)
•   Goals Against Per Game: 3.40 (25th)
•   Top Scorers: Cam Atkinson – 39 points (18 G, 21 A), Claude Giroux – 39 points (17 G, 22 A), Travis Konecny – 31 points (8 G, 23 A)

Projected Lines

Farabee – Giroux – Atkinson
Lindblom – Laughton – Konecny
Van Riemsdyk Brassard Mayhew
Ratcliffe – Brown – MacEwen

Provorov – Braun
Sanheim – Ristolainen
Yandle – Seeler

Hart
Jones

Injury Report

Nate Thompson (IR – Shoulder)
Kevin Hayes (Day-to-Day – Lower Body)
Wade Allison (Day-to-Day – Knee)
Ryan Ellis (Day-to-Day – Lower Body)
Sean Couturier (IR – Back)
Ryan Fitzgerald (IR – Lower Body)
Samuel Morin (IR – Knee)

Tampa Bay Lightning (34-11-6, 74 points)

•   Powerplay: 20.1% (17th)
•   Penalty-Kill: 79.5% (17th)
•   Faceoffs: 49.6% (16th)
•   Goals Per Game: 3.43 (7th)
•   Goals Against Per Game: 2.75 (10th)
•   Top Scorers: Steven Stamkos – 59 points (25 G, 34 A), Victor Hedman – 51 points (11 G, 40 A), Alex Killorn – 45 points (16 G, 29 A)

Projected Lines

Palat – Point – Kucherov
Killorn – Cirelli – Stamkos
Maroon Bellemare Perry
Raddysh – Colton – Joseph

Hedman – Rutta
McDonagh – Cernak
Sergachev – Foote

Vasilevskiy
Elliot

Injury Report

Zach Bogosian (Day-to-Day – Lower Body)
Erik Cernak (Day-to-Day – Undisclosed)

One-Timers

•   The Blackhawks will have their hands full this week with two of the NHL’s top-scoring teams coming into town. The Lightning are 7th in the NHL in scoring (3.43 goals per game), and the Oilers are 9th (3.26 goals per game). Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl enter the week with a combined 147 points, and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos has 59 points at the start of the week. Victor Hedman checks in with 51 points for the Lightning as well, so that’s four 50-point scorers coming to town this weekend.

•   If I were a betting man, I would imagine that Marc-André Fleury will get the nod on Thursday and Sunday against the high-powered Oilers and Lightning, with Kevin Lankinen getting the start on Saturday night in Philly.

•   Patrick Kane has logged 11 points (five goals and six assists) in his last eight games.

•   Kirby Dach took six shots on Sunday. I wrote a bit about the young forward finding confidence in shooting the puck again being a must down the stretch this season:

•  Saturday night’s contest with the Flyers will be the first meeting with Philly since October 24, 2019. The Flyers have won the last five meetings between the two teams, and the Blackhawks haven’t beat the Flyers in Philadelphia since Patrick Kane’s walk-off overtime winner in game six of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. The last time the Blackhawks beat the Flyers in Philadelphia during the regular season was November 9, 1996. Gary Suter, Eric Daze, Murray Craven, John LeClair, and Tony Amonte scored for the Blackhawks in a 4-1 victory, and Jeff Hackett made 33 saves against 34 Philadelphia shots on goal.

•   Be sure to check out the updated COVID-19 procedures at the United Center if you plan on attending a game this week!



Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is a Staff Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.