OILERS (1-4-0) at BLACKHAWKS (4-2-1)
8:30 p.m. ET; WGN, SN1, NHL.TV
The Edmonton Oilers begin a three-game road trip against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Thursday looking to end a four-game losing streak. Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl took part in the morning skate but will not play, remaining out with an eye injury.
Backup goalie Anton Forsberg will start for Chicago, which will try to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time this season. The Blackhawks lost 5-2 at the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.
Cam Talbot will make his fifth start in six games for Edmonton.
Players to watch
Oilers captain Connor McDavid is on a three-game point streak (three assists). However, McDavid has not scored a goal since he had a hat trick against the Calgary Flames in the season opener on Oct. 4.
Patrick Kane is on a three-game point streak (three assists). Kane has nine points (two goals, seven assists), this season and is tied for the team lead with Ryan Hartman (three goals, six assists).
They said it
"This is always a tough building to play in, regardless of what your record is or what type of start you've had. I think our group will be excited about playing here. The crowd is always energized, their team always plays well here so it's a good opportunity for us to get going in the right direction and do things right for 60 minutes." -- Oilers coach Todd McLellan on playing in Chicago
"You can look at the first couple of games of the season and say that was our strong point, was our start. Just maybe get that excitement level back and make sure we're ready to go right from the first puck drop. It obviously helps when you score early on, but I think the biggest thing is creating momentum, get out there, get yourself in the game, whether it's a hit, shot on net, whatever it is, control the puck a little bit and get some confidence going forward." -- Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane on getting off to a better start after going down 4-0 against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday
Oilers projected lineup
Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Kailer Yamamoto
Milan Lucic -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Ryan Strome
Jussi Jokinen -- Brad Malone -- Zack Kassian
Iiro Pakarinen -- Mark Letestu -- Anton Slepyshev
Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson
Darnell Nurse -- Kris Russell
Yohann Auvitu -- Eric Gryba
Scratched: Matt Benning, Jujhar Khaira
Injured: Drake Caggiula (undisclosed), Leon Draisaitl (eye), Andrej Sekera (knee)
Blackhawks projected lineup
Brandon Saad -- Jonathan Toews -- Richard Panik
Ryan Hartman -- Nick Schmaltz -- Patrick Kane
Patrick Sharp -- Artem Anisimov -- Alex DeBrincat
Lance Bouma -- Tanner Kero -- John Hayden
Duncan Keith -- Brent Seabrook
Gustav Forsling -- Jan Rutta
Jordan Oesterle -- Connor Murphy
Scratched: Michal Kempny, Tommy Wingels, Cody Franson
Injured: Michal Rozsival (upper body)
Oesterle will make his debut for the Blackhawks. He spent three seasons with the Oilers before signing a two-year, contract with Chicago on July 1. … Kero returns to the lineup after he was a healthy scratch on Wednesday.
Saad leads the League in game-winning goals (four) and has the game-winner in all four Chicago victories this season. … Kane has 46 points (13 goals, 33 assists) in 34 career games against the Oilers. … Russell has 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 38 career games against the Blackhawks.