By Brad Vandenberk
Now that the dust has settled after a weekend of NHL record setting, it was time for the Blackhawks to shift the focus toward the young guns from Edmonton. This was the first meeting between these two teams this season.
If we take a second to remember last season, the Oilers dominated the Hawks with Sam Ganger recording an 8 point night during one of the contests in northern Alberta. So, it would be sort of fitting if the Hawks were to have their record streak broken by the hands of these Oilers. However, the Oilers were missing one of their top forwards in Taylor Hall. He was serving his second game of a 2 game suspension for a vicious open ice hit on Wild’s forward Cal Clutterbuck. This would slightly deplete an already star-studded Oilers’ line up.
On the other hand, the Hawks were missing second line center, Dave Bolland, who suffered an upper body injury during the Sharks game on Friday and missed Sunday night’s game against Columbus.