Blackhawks @ Oilers Preview

Last year’s Circus Trip wasn’t quite as intimidating as it’s cracked up to be. The Hawks went 5-1 including a seven goal outburst at Edmonton and a victory over eventual Western Conference Final foe Anaheim. This year they’ll start the trip against the Oilers who will be without star rookie Connor McDavid.

Before his injury, McDavid was pretty much everything he was advertised as. It’s a shame that we won’t see him matched up against the ridiculous defensive skillset of a Jonathan Toews or a Marian Hossa. Without McDavid, the Oilers are simply a young team with sprinkles of talent that shouldn’t be too much of a threat to the Hawks’ veteran core. However, in the past the Hawks have had a difficult time keeping up with the young legs of the Oilers, though the Oilers have found no way of turning those young, fast legs into actual wins.

Patrick Kane’s points streak stands at 13 games, one away from his career best. His play has been spectacular and currently leads the NHL in points, goals and, for what it’s worth, plus-minus rating. Even more impressive is the “second line” that Kane is a part of. Centered by Artem Anisimov with Artemi Panarin and Kane on the wing, this line has produced by far the most points of any forward combination for the Hawks. Anisimov, Panarin and Kane can look down the bench and thank Toews and Hossa for being so defensively responsible that it allows Quenneville to take the reigns off any line Patrick Kane is involved in.

How To Watch

Where: 8:30 @ Edmonton
TV: CSN
Radio: WGN 720

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