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Oilers try to keep spark going vs. sliding Blackhawks
Edmonton Oilers at Chicago Blackhawks
- The Oilers beat the Blackhawks, 6-5, in Chicago on October 27, with Leon Draisaitl scoring the game-winning goal at 19:22 of the third period. Edmonton has not won consecutive games versus Chicago since 2018 (Oct. 28 and Nov. 1).
- The Oilers beat Florida, 4-3, on Monday, with Evan Bouchard tying the score for Edmonton at 19:55 of the third period and Leon Draisaitl winning the game with a goal 22 seconds into overtime. The 27-second span separating those two goals is an NHL record for the shortest time between a third-period goal and an overtime goal for one team.
- Connor McDavid scored three goals in the Oilers' last game versus the Blackhawks (Oct. 27 in Chicago), matching his goal total against them going into that game (three in 14 games).
- Jack Campbell has allowed at least three goals in six of his seven wins this season. That's the most such wins for any NHL goaltender this season. Campbell gave up three or more goals in only nine of his 31 wins for the Maple Leafs last season.
- The Blackhawks have the longest current winless streak in the NHL, seven games (0-6-1, outscored 34-14). Chicago has led for only 20:19 of playing time in those seven games, all at Dallas on Nov. 23, when the Blackhawks squandered a 4-1 third-period lead and lost, 6-4.
- Taylor Raddysh has scored 12 goals while playing in all 42 of the Blackhawks' games since they acquired him in a trade with Tampa Bay on March 18. Jonathan Toews (13) and Patrick Kane (10) are the only other Chicago players who've scored at least 10 goals since Raddysh joined the club, and they're only other Blackhawks who've played in all 42 games since then.
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Hungry for a jolt following a stretch of seven losses in 10 games, the Edmonton Oilers think they've rediscovered their spark.
Edmonton enters Wednesday's visit to the Chicago Blackhawks with two straight high-drama wins.
After rebounding from a 3-0, third-period deficit to top the host New York Rangers on Saturday, the Oilers prevailed 4-3 in overtime on Monday, stunning the visiting Florida Panthers with the tying goal with five seconds to go in regulation before netting the game-winner 22 seconds into overtime.
"We haven't had the greatest first quarter ... not where we want to be," Oilers star Connor McDavid said. "We want to go on a run. We have to put a string together."
Can the club's recent heroics be a turning point?
"Yeah, hopefully," said Leon Draisaitl, who scored the winning goal against Florida. "You've got to work for those bounces, when it seems like it's going your way. They don't just come and fall on your plate. We've put in two pretty solid games here."
The outlook is decidedly less sunny for Chicago. The Blackhawks have lost seven straight and nine of 10, with Sunday's 7-2 home loss to Winnipeg tying for the most lopsided result of the current slide.
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews challenged the team's preparation following the Winnipeg game, which prompted a players-only meeting before the team spoke with the media.
"All in all, I think we all agree that, as a group, we need to be more mentally prepared," Toews said. "Even if there's a night where, it's a long season and sometimes you don't have the energy and you don't have it, you've just got to find ways to play a better team game and keep yourself in games.
"And sometimes when you work to do that, things start going your way, you get a couple goals and all of a sudden it gives you that little burst of energy that you're looking for."
Both teams are familiar with slow starts, and reversing them figures to go a long way in deciding Wednesday's winner.
The Blackhawks were outshot 17-7 in Sunday's first period, but goaltender Petr Mrazek surrendered just one goal in that span.
Winnipeg, however, broke through in the second period, outscoring Chicago 4-2.
"Ultimately, we're in a situation here where we've lost quite a few games, and it's not a good feeling," Toews said. "We've got to find ways to play together as a team and make things more difficult on the other team. As a group, though, we'll keep talking and we'll find ways to work ourselves out of it."
Edmonton regrouped against the Panthers after allowing a goal to Florida's Matthew Tkachuk 3:49 into the game. The Oilers have surrendered six goals in the first three minutes of a game this season, a league high.
With Oilers forwards Warren Foegele and Ryan McLeod out with undisclosed injuries, Edmonton native James Hamblin made his NHL debut. He didn't record a shot in 9:56 of ice time.
McDavid had a goal and two assists, while Zach Hyman notched three assists.
--Field Level Media
Updated November 29, 2022