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PREVIEW: Blackhawks at Oilers - Feb. 11, 2020

Chicago opens back-to-back with second meeting of the season with Edmonton

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

TIME: 8 p.m. CT

The Blackhawks open up their 12th back-to-back of the season on Tuesday night in Edmonton as they faceoff against the Oilers for the second time this season, the first at Rogers Place. 


CHI: 25-22-8, 58 PTS (7th in Central, 6th in Wild Card)
EDM: 29-20-6, 64 PTS (2nd in Pacific)


Chicago raced out to a 2-0 lead but eventually fell to the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night, 5-2, including a pair of late empty-netters. Dominik Kubalik and Brandon Saad continued their hot scoring hands with the two Blackhawk tallies and Jonathan Toews notched his 800th career point in the loss. Corey Crawford stopped 31 of the 34 shots he faced. 

Edmonton earned a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night, snapping a two-game losing run. Alex Chiasson and Leon Draisaitl each tallied power-play goals, while Draisaitl added another even-stength tally for his league-leading 85th point (31G, 54A) of the season.

In the first meeting between the two teams this season, Chicago took a 3-1 win at the United Center on Oct. 14. Kane, Saad and Alex Nylander each scored in the first victory of the season. The Blackhawks are 14-5-2 against Edmonton in their last 21 meetings.

Video: Colliton on Dylan Strome


Robin Lehner starts in goal, while Adam Boqvist and Alex Nylander return to the lineup for Jeremy Colliton's side in Edmonton. Dylan Strome and Nick Seeler draw out of the lineup from Sunday's loss in Winnipeg.


Since Kane made his National Hockey League debut during the 2007-08 season, his 53 points (17G, 36A) against the Oilers share second in the NHL (Joe Pavelski) during that span. Edmonton is one of two non-Central Division teams (Columbus) Kane has recorded 50 or more career points against.

Video: Toews on the standings


Kubalik's goal 15 seconds into the game on Sunday in Winnipeg was the fastest goal to start a game this season for Chicago and the fastest goal ever scored by a Blackhawks rookie to begin a game. He's just the ninth NHL rookie in the last 30 years to score in the opening 15 seconds of a regular-season game. 


David Kampf is second in the NHL winning 59.6 percent of his faceoffs since Dec. 12 (min. 200). Toews is third in the league in faceoffs taken this season (1,156), winning 56.6 percent of his draws overall and 62.6 of his draws on the power play. 

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