NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, February 9th
(All times eastern)
Chicago Blackhawks (21-26-7) at Edmonton Oilers (26-24-4), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Chicago Blackhawks will try to continue their recent
winning ways this evening, when they visit the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall
The Blackhawks have won back-to-back tests and can match their season-high
three-game winning streak with another victory this evening. Chicago won for
the fourth time in five games with a 3-0 shutout in Vancouver on Wednesday
Chicago's Patrick Lalime picked up his first win in more than a year, turning
aside all 34 shots faced en route to posting his 34th career shutout. Lalime,
who was signed by Chicago last summer to back up Nikolai Khabibulin, made his
first NHL appearance since April 1, 2006, ending his long road back to the NHL
after undergoing surgeries on his knee and back.
Lalime became the first goaltender to earn a shutout win in his Blackhawks'
debut since Hall-of-Famer Glenn Hall did it back on October 8, 1957. Michael
Leighton earned a shutout on January 8, 2003, but that was in a 0-0 tie
Adrian Aucoin tallied and Radim Vrbata and Martin Havlat each had a goal and
an assist for Chicago, which snapped an eight-game skid against the Canucks.
The Blackhawks improved to 3-1-0 on their current seven-game road trip and to
11-13-3 as the visiting club this year.
Meanwhile, the Oilers have struggled so far in February, dropping two of three
games to begin the month.
Edmonton's latest setback came Tuesday against the visiting Canucks. Daniel
Sedin had a hat trick and dished out two assists, while his brother Henrik had
four assists to lead Vancouver over the Oilers, 5-2, at Rexall Place.
Jan Hejda had two assists for Edmonton, while Shawn Horcoff and Zack Stortini
posted the goals.
Oilers center Jarret Stoll has missed the last two games with a concussion and
is not expected to play in tonight's tilt. Stoll sustained two concussions
over a two-week period, suffering the first one on January 18 against Anaheim
and getting the other on February 1 in Vancouver. The centerman is Edmonton's
fourth-leading scorer with 39 points (13 goals, 26 assists)
Tonight marks the middle segment of a three-game homestand for the Oilers, who
are 16-11-2 as the host this year.
The Oilers and Blackhawks have split a pair of meetings this year and are even
over the last six encounters as well. Chicago has lost two in a row and four
of its last five games in Edmonton.
02/09 10:47:53 ET