Oilers vs. Blackhawks: Game 6!

Oilers vs. Blackhawks at United Center

Oilers vs. Blackhawks at United Center

Tonight, the Edmonton Oilers (3-1-1-) will face the Chicago Blackhawks (3-1-1) at 6:30 pm MT at the United Center in Chicago. Nikolai Khabibulin will face his old team at his former arena.

The Chicago Blackhawks have started the season relatively well despite some relatively poor goaltending in Huet.  Both the Oilers and the Blackhawks have identical records coming into this game.  Further, the stats comparison below is nearly a mirror  image with the exception of the shot +/- and the faceoff %, both of which favor the Blackhawks.

Pregame Info:

STATS
5 GP 5
3 W 3
1 L 1
1 OT 1
7 P 7
0.700 P% 0.700
3.80 G/G 3.60
2.80 GA/G 2.80
23.5 PP% 22.7
81.0 PK% 82.4
25.0 S/G 37.4
31.8 SA/G 21.8
50.6 FO% 56.4

Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up

Jacques-Horcoff-Hemsky
Stone-Gagner-O’Sullivan
Penner-Brule-Comrie
Moreau-Cogliano-Stortini

Smid-Visnovsky
Grebeshkov-Gilbert
Strudwick-Chorney

Khabibulin
Deslauriers

Chicago Blackhawks Projected Line-Up

Versteeg-Toews-Sharp
Byfuglien-Bolland-Kane
Ladd-Madden-Brouwer
Kopecky-Fraser-Skille

Keith-Seabrook
Campbell-Hjalmarsson
Barker-Sopel
Hendry

Niemi
Huet

Post Game Analysis:  [Later tonight]

Not much to say really…  JFJ iced the puck about a foot from the center ice line which ended up leading to Chicago’s first goal (after a Strudwick give-away in our zone following the faceoff).  After that, we were pretty much outplayed in every aspect of the game by what looked to be a far-better hockey team.   We had a litany of turn-overs in our own end which is not surprisingly where we played most of the game.  Half the game looked like Chicago was on a powerplay…

Nikolai Khabibulin played a great game, but the weakness of Strudwick and Chorney was quite evident throughout the game.  Though the Final Score was 4-3, we were out-shot something like 20 shots…

One thing that was curious was the pairing of Smid/Chorney with the top line…  Chorney seemed to get a lot of ice time and was out on at least one power play.  He doesn’t look to have much of a shot from the point.

Penner played the best game of Oilers skaters tonight with a blocked shot, some decent play on the penalty kill, a goal and a helper, as well as some nice hits.

Hemsky continues on to be fairly invisible as with most of his early season play.  Horcoff played a decent game, but gave the puck away in his zone a few times.

O’Sullivan and Comrie were both pretty ineffective for much of the game.  Comrie in particular gave the puck away with regularity and had trouble clearing the zone.  Jacques and Stone both looked out of place as well.  Over the past few games, Stone’s physical play has declined (hard pace to maintain) and he doesn’t seem to do much else well.  Is it time to bring Nilsson back?

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3 thoughts on “Oilers vs. Blackhawks: Game 6!

  1. This game could go a long way in proving this team’s worth. I actually predict a loss tonight. On Puttin’ On the Foil I predicted a 5-4 loss. And that’s only because of the homer in me. Really, I predict a 5-2 loss. :(

    But I obviously am pulling for this team.. if they win it, I’m going to start the parade right now. hah! Kidding of course.. but seriously, it could be big proof that this team can compete with any club.

    Chicago is a young, high flying team. The Oil can be described in the same way. However most would say that Chicago does it far better (thanks to the draft and several seasons of failure). So if the Oil can beat the Hawks at their own game.. I’m going to be pretty happy with this team. I have no doubt the Oilers can compete with other teams that play a different style of hockey though.

  2. Ok I’m seriously changing the picture attached to my contact e-mail address. lol Sorry, again, for posting under the admin picture (Racki is not an admin of this fantastic blog, folks :P).

  3. No problem… The Hawks are one damn good hockey team. 2-1 already in the game. We’re getting out shot like 3:1… yeah, I will be amazed if the Oilers can get a win out this game.

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