Konroyd's keys to Blackhawks-Oilers

Konroyd's keys to Blackhawks-Oilers
November 25, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Steve Konroyd

1. Get ready for a High Octane game against the Oil. The Edmonton Oilers have a lot of good, young talent. It’s surprising that they are in last place in the Western Conference.  But they have been playing better of late and have racked up 15 goals in their last three games, all Oiler victories. Whenever these two teams play, the floodgates normally open. These two teams have combined to average over eight and a-half goals scored when they play each other since the start of the 2011 season. Play good Blackhawk defense, and you should get plenty of chances in Edmonton.

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2. PK has got to be better. It’s been about the only complaint you can make about the Chicago Blackhawks – their below average penalty kill. Currently ranked 29th in the league, they have allowed three goals in their last seven kills, although one of those was a five on three opportunity in Vancouver. Fortunately they won both of those games. Penalty killing, especially on the road, is a great momentum builder, and the Blackhawks have to get back to the way they have killed penalties during their previous four seasons.

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3. Feed Kaner:  Patrick Kane is on a pretty impressive roll -- five goals and nine assists in his last 10 games. What is maybe more impressive are his numbers against the Oilers. In his last 15 games against Edmonton, Kaner has eight goals and 17 assists, along with being a plus 12! Maybe he’s showing off for good friend and junior team mate Sam Gagner of the Oilers. I think it’s the run and gun nature of these games with the Oil that brings out the best in number 88. Get him the puck and watch the magic happen.