NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, January 29th (All times eastern)
Chicago Blackhawks (12-27-7-5) at Edmonton Oilers (19-23-8-1), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers attempt to snap a three-game losing streak tonight when they welcome the Chicago Blackhawks to Rexall Place.
The Oilers' latest loss came on Tuesday, as Peter Forsberg scored twice to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-1 victory at the Pepsi Center.
Radek Dvorak tallied for the Oilers, while Ty Conklin made 19 saves in a losing effort. Edmonton is winless in its last six games in Denver (0-5-1) and 0-3-1 in its last four road contests overall.
Trailing by a goal, Forsberg took a centering pass from Alex Tanguay and fired a shot from the slot that Conklin stopped. Forsberg, however, followed the shot and lifted the rebound over the fallen netminder at 11:24 of the second period to tie the contest at 1-1.
Colorado took advantage of a power play to take the lead. Forsberg beat Conklin high to the stick side at 6:18 of the third period to give the Avs a 2-1 lead.
The Oilers, 11-11-3 at Rexall Place, open a five-game homestand tonight.
The Blackhawks' road woes continued on Tuesday night, as they dropped a 3-2 decision in Vancouver.
Magnus Arvedson's second goal of the game proved to be the game-winner for the Canucks. Arvedson scored at 5:41 of the third period to give the Canucks a 3-1 edge.
Mark Bell and Kyle Calder scored for the Blackhawks, who have dropped a pair of one-goal decisions to start a six-game road trip. Chicago has lost a franchise-record 18 straight road games (0-17-0-1), including 10 by one goal.
The lone point in that span came in an overtime setback at Vancouver on November 20. The Blackhawks haven't won away from the United Center since November 7 at Nashville.
Chicago continues tonight with the third test of its six-game trip tonight.
Edmonton is unbeaten in the last three meetings (2-0-1) with the Blackhawks, including a pair of victories this season.
01/29 10:20:58 ET