Series (Game 3 of 3)

Chicago leads 3-0

Game 1: Sunday, November 10th
Game 2: Monday, November 25th
Game 3: Sunday, January 12th

Oilers 3

(15-28-5, 35 pts)

Blackhawks 5

(30-8-10, 70 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 12, 2014

United Center, Chicago, Illinois

1 2 3 T
EDM 1 1 13
CHI 1 3 15

M. Hossa (Blackhawks - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

A. Shaw (Blackhawks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

D. Keith (Blackhawks - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Oilers-Blackhawks Preview


The Chicago Blackhawks are a loss away from doing something the Edmonton Oilers are a little more familiar with: dropping four straight.

In a reversal of recent roles, the Oilers head to Chicago on Sunday night chasing their third win in four games, while the slumping Blackhawks are looking to avoid their longest winless streak since 2011-12.

Chicago (29-8-10), the No. 2 scoring team in hockey with 3.53 goals per game, has scored five times during the three-game skid after a 2-1 overtime loss in Montreal on Saturday. The Blackhawks are 2-1-4 since Dec. 28.

"It's frustrating," goaltender Corey Crawford told the team's official website. "We expect to win, especially after coming back and tying it. We had a couple of chances after that. I think everybody in this room thinks we could have grabbed another point out of that one."

Marian Hossa scored midway through the third period to tie it, with Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews assisting. Sharp has 14 points in his last nine games, while Toews has 13 in the same span.

Crawford fell to 0-3-3 since Dec. 3 as the Canadiens held a 38-20 shot advantage, which is the widest margin Chicago has yielded this season.

Something it hasn't yielded this season is a regulation loss to a Pacific Division team. Chicago is 9-0-4 against the other side of the Western Conference while holding those clubs to 1.92 goals per game.

The Oilers (15-27-5) came from two goals down entering the third period Friday at home to beat Pittsburgh 4-3 in overtime. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored twice, including the winner on a power play.

"That shows a lot of character for us, and just to show we can play this way, it was a big game for us," said Nugent-Hopkins, who also had an assist. "There was no real deflation in the second intermission. When we get into trouble, we kind of deflate and don't bring that same effort and I thought we did a good job of not getting down on ourselves and we pushed back and we did a great job of sticking with it."

Nugent-Hopkins has 10 points in seven career games against Chicago, and Taylor Hall, who also scored Friday, has 18 in 12 games against the defending Stanley Cup champion.

Edmonton went 2-1-0 on its homestand, though it's dropped three straight on the road.

"It'll do nothing but give us confidence," Hall told the team's official website. "We're going into another building that's hard to play in, in Chicago. We should take confidence from this. The biggest thing is ... it wasn't a game where we got lucky or our goaltender stood on his head. Even though (Devan Dubnyk) played great, I thought for the most part we played pretty well tonight. I think that's a style of play that we can continue to play."

The Blackhawks have won three straight against the Oilers, the latest a 5-1 victory in Edmonton on Nov. 25. Chicago has 10 goals in two games against the Oilers this season. Dubnyk, who has started both of them, has a 4.16 goals-against average in nine career meetings with the Blackhawks.

Fellow Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has one win and a 3.72 GAA in his last five starts.