Blackhawks look for change against Oilers

Blackhawks look for change against Oilers
January 12, 2014, 9:15 am
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Nina Falcone

After falling to the Montreal Canadiens in overtime last night, the Blackhawks are playing their second of back-to-backs tonight as they host the Edmonton Oilers. Catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet beginning at 5:30 with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

Corey Crawford made some highlight-reel saves (if you haven't watched this GIF yet you should now) on Saturday night in Montreal, but it wasn't enough to give the Blackhawks a win as they fell 2-1 in overtime.

Crawford has yet to earn a win since returning from injury at the beginning of the year as the Blackhawks have now dropped three in a row and earned just five points of a possible 10 in 2014.

Tonight they'll look to get back on a winning track as they host the Edmonton Oilers in their second of back-to-back games this weekend.

The Oilers are coming into tonight's game following an overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday as they kick off a four-game road trip. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins stole the show at Rexall Place, tallying two goals — including the game-winner — and an assist as the Oilers picked up their second win in three games.

Defeating the Penguins — a team with nearly double the number of Edmonton's points — will likely give the Oilers some extra push tonight as they face a Blackhawks team hopeful to put an end to their recent losing streak.

Point leaders

Blackhawks: Patrick Kane (23G, 31A), Patrick Sharp (25G, 23A), Jonathan Toews (16G, 30A), Duncan Keith (3G, 40A), Marian Hossa (16G, 20A)

Oilers: Taylor Hall (17G, 25A), Jordan Eberle (14G, 23A), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (13G, 22A), David Perron (17G, 17A), Ales Hemsky (6G, 16A)

Previous meetings

The Blackhawks and Oilers have faced off two times earlier this season; both resulted in Chicago victories. Throughout the lockout-shorted season the Blackhawks won two of the three games they played against Edmonton. But the Oilers have given the Blackhawks a difficult time in the past, and matchups between these two teams often result in high-scoring games. 

Goaltender matchup

Coach Joel Quenneville has yet to announce tonight's starting goaltender, but it's likely Antti Raanta will get the start in net after Crawford played the first of the Blackhawks' back-to-back games.

Devan Dubnyk will likely be in net for Edmonton. Dubnyk's posted a .895 save percentage and 3.30 goals-against average in 31 games played this season.

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