Well the boys played hard against Dallas last game, but the end result was another deflating defeat after a late game winner by Neal. They’ve had a few days off since then and the skills competition over the weekend, so hopefully they are in good spirits and come out with energy. The Hawks are a team you don’t want to come out flat against.
The Hawks are 6-3-1 in their last 10 and most recently lost to the Canucks on Saturday 5-1. They’ve had a few days rest and time to think about the loss, so expect them to come out firing and try to break the Oilers spirit early on.
Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (subject to change)
Moreau Horcoff Pisani
Penner Gagner Cogliano
O’Sullivan Potulny Nilsson
Jacques Pouliot Stortini
Souray – Gilbert
Grebeshkov – Visnovsky
Chorney – Strudwick
Chicago Blackhawks Projected Line-Up (subject to change)
- Line ups are best guess at the moment.
- With Chorney active, Smid and Staios are likely still out.
- Gagner is unkown as well after a knee injury in Dallas.
- Brule unlikely to return tonight as well.
|1ST PERIOD SCORING|
|– 0:44 – Toews from Kane|
|Toews shoots from a very saveable angle, but it eludes Deslauriers somehow.|
|2ND PERIOD SCORING|
|- 5:50 – Brouwer from Kane, Keith|
|Kane wheels around the perimeter and down behind the goal line. He backhands it out front to Brouwer who pounds it home.|
|– 10:13 – Byfuglien from Keith, Versteeg|
|Keith’s blast from the point is tipped by Byfuglien past Deslauriers.|
|– 13:53 – Hossa from Sharp, Keith|
|Deslauriers is off to the side of the net after trying to poke away a rebound. He kicks it out to the other side where a wide open Hossa awaits. Licking his chops, he steps into it and drills it in the back of the net. Poor coverage by the Oilers.|
|– 19:20 – Pisani from Moreau, Horcoff|
|Great hard work by the Moreau, Horcoff, Pisani line. Pisani tips it out front to Moreau who’s in the slot.. he pushes it through the goaltender’s legs. Pisani dives into the crease area and helps it into the net.|
|3RD PERIOD SCORING|
|– 5:44 – Potulny from O’Sullivan|
|Hjalmarsson coughs it up. Potulny picks up the puck and puts it in off the arm of Huet.|
|SHOTS ON GOAL|
1ST PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS
19:16 – The Blackhawks score on their first shot of the game.
8:17 – Ladd pokes at Deslauriers glove after a whistle drawing anger from Souray. He gives him a couple of big shoves before Stortini jumps in on the action. Nothing eventful happens though.
7:58 – Deslauriers tries to play a puck behind the net and in Deslauriers fashion makes it look incredibly difficult.
5:22 – Pouliot gets a good shot off here through the legs of a defender. The Oilers try to pounce on a rebound, and a small scrum ensues in front of the net after the whistle.
2ND PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS
18:49 – Great set of saves by Deslauriers on point blank chances by the Hawks.
10:15 – Oil buy a break as Madden gets sticked in the face while about to shoot on an empty net.
5:25 – Good tape to tape pass by Deslauriers to Versteeg here behind the net, but Versteeg wiped out in the corner. Man, he does not look good handling the puck tonight.
4:12 – Souray stands up Kopecky as he’s breaking into the zone and shooting.
3RD PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS
12:09 – 2 seconds into the Oilers first PP of the game, O’Sullivan clotheslines Hendry with his stick. End of powerplay.
11:42 – Commentators note that Strudwick went to the dressing room earlier and hasn’t returned – hurt on a blocked shot.
9:42 – Hilarious replay. The TSN crew slow down the replay of Gagner in the Hawks zone with a smirk on his face as Kane skates by. He says “wanna go?” and gives him a shove, smiling.
4:02 – The top line gets a good chance.. Penner drops it to Cogliano who shoots it from far out and it goes out of play.
0:07 – Unbelievable save by Huet, as he dives across Roli style to prevent Penner from burying it into an empty net.
Hard one to watch. I had figured the Oil would lose (actually predicted a 4-2 loss in the comments, despite betting on the Oil). But really they were just completely flat for probably 45 minutes of the game. Really, the Hawks are just a much better team and it showed… again. Same old same old versus the Hawks, but we’ve seen worse losses to them.
Next game: Thursday vs. St. Louis at home, 7:30 on Sportsnet.