The Oilers won in St. Louis last night and the Blackhawks were off, which could (in theory) give Chicago an advantage — especially at home. And the Hawks are riding a four-game win streak. But… the Oilers have two of the five best offensive players on the planet in Connor McDavid (aka McJesus) and Leon Draisaitl. Can the Blackhawks stay hot or will the Oilers end their win streak?
Puck Drop: 7:30 p.m. CT
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Radio: WGN 720 AM
Chicago Blackhawks (4-2-0)
Andreas Athanasiou — Max Domi — Patrick Kane
Jujhar Khaira — Jonathan Toews — Taylor Raddysh
Philipp Kurashev — Jason Dickinson — Sam Lafferty
Colin Blackwell — MacKenzie Entwistle — Reese Johnson
Jack Johnson — Seth Jones
Jarred Tinordi — Connor Murphy
Jake McCabe — Caleb Jones
Edmonton Oilers (3-3-0)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins — Connor McDavid — Zach Hyman
Evander Kane — Leon Draisaitl — Kailer Yamamoto
Warren Foegele — Ryan McLeod — Jesse Puljujärvi
Devin Shore — Derek Ryan
Darnell Nurse — Cody Ceci
Brett Kulak — Tyson Barrie
Ryan Murray — Evan Bouchard
The Oilers have Vincent Desharnais and Carter Savoie on season-opening injured reserve. They also three players — Mike Smith, Oscar Klefbom and Tyler Benson — on LTIR.
What to Watch For
- The Blackhawks have to make some lineup adjustments with Tyler Johnson on IR. You’ll notice above that Khaira is up on Toews’ line and Reese Johnson draws in on the fourth line tonight. Head coach Luke Richardson said he would feel his way through special teams depending on how many PP/PK chances there are tonight.
- The Oilers have only scored first in two of their seven games to start the season (including last night in St. Louis). The Blackhawks have scored first in one of their three home games thus far. Something has to give.
- The Oilers played in St. Louis on Wednesday night, so this is the second half of a back-to-back on the road. Those aren’t easy, especially against a Blackhawks team that’s been home for ten days since starting the season with three road games.
- The Blackhawks have actually done a really good job against McDavid historically. He’s only scored three goals in 14 games against Chicago in his career, which is his fewest goals against a Western Conference team (except Seattle) and the fewest he’s scored against any NHL team he’s faced at least a dozen times.
- Is it revenge season? Caleb Jones, Athanasiou and Khaira all spent time with the Oilers before coming to Chicago. Caleb and Khaira were both in Edmonton immediately prior to joining the Blackhawks. With Duncan Keith retired, there are zero former Blackhawks on the Oilers’ roster.