|CHI||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|EDM||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||5|
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 Oilers.
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 Nov. 7.
``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 shellacking.''
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.''
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 Wednesday.
Edmonton, 11-11-3 at Rexall Place, also faces Los Angeles, Anaheim and St. Louis on the homestand.
|Mar 07 '04||EDM 4 at CHI 3 - OT||J. Stoll|
|Jan 29 '04||CHI 2 at EDM 5||S. Horcoff|
|Jan 04 '04||EDM 4 at CHI 3||E. Moreau|
|Nov 18 '03||CHI 2 at EDM 5||E. Moreau|