GAME: Chicago Blackhawks (12-27-7-5) at Edmonton Oilers (19-23-8-1).
TIME: Thursday, 9 p.m. EST.
The Chicago Blackhawks try once again to snap the longest road losing streak
in franchise history when they continue a six-game trip against the Edmonton
The Blackhawks' record slide reached 18 as they fell to 0-2 on their trip
with a 3-2 loss to Vancouver on Tuesday. Chicago has earned just one point
during the road slide, when it fell 3-2 in overtime to the Canucks on Nov. 20.
Mark Bell and Kyle Calder scored, and Craig Anderson made 27 saves for
Chicago, which hasn't won away from home since a 2-1 victory at Nashville on
``It's going to come, we've just got to keep working and stay positive,''
Anderson said after making his fifth straight start. ``As soon as you get
negative and start getting on guys, you go downhill and you're in for a
Chicago has put up a fight during its 11 weeks of road losses, dropping 10
of the 18 games by one goal. The Hawks opened their trip Thursday with a 4-3
defeat at Columbus.
``It's one shot, one save, that's all it is,'' Anderson said. ``If you stay
positive, tides will turn.''
The Blackhawks, whose previous record for consecutive road losses was 16 to
close the 1953-54 season, fell to an NHL-worst 3-19-3-1 on the road.
Chicago plays all of its remaining games on the trip in Canada, including
matchups with Calgary, Montreal and Toronto.
The Oilers open a four-game homestand after losing their third straight
Tuesday, 3-1 at Colorado.
Radek Dvorak scored for Edmonton, which was 0-for-5 on the power play and
lost by more than one goal for the first time since Dec. 20. The Oilers are
last in the NHL league in power-play percentage.
``There were a lot of missed opportunities tonight,'' Oilers coach Craig
MacTavish said. ``It adds up to another disappointing loss for a club that
can't afford any more. We've got to find a way to generate more offense, some
more fire in our game and more desperation than we've had.''
Rookie Ty Conklin had 19 saves starting in place of Tommy Salo, who was in
net for 15 of the previous 17 games.
Forward Mike York, the Oilers' leader with 37 points, broke a finger in the
second period and didn't return. The team placed him on injured reserve
Edmonton, 11-11-3 at Rexall Place, also faces Los Angeles, Anaheim and St.
Louis on the homestand.