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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers try to extend their season-high winning streak to five games when they host the stumbling Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.

Petr Sykora snapped a personal six-game goal drought by netting two goals to lead the Oilers (12-8-1) to a 2-1 win over Calgary on Tuesday.

"I hadn't scored in six games, so I felt I was kind of due to get one in and I was glad it was in this game," said Sykora, who leads the team with 22 points.

Sykora and the Oilers are looking to match their season-high winning streak from last season, which they achieved on two occasions.

Edmonton has outscored its opponents 14-7 during its current streak, going 6-for-25 on the power play and killing all 17 of its opponents' opportunities with the man advantage.

The Oilers' penalty killing unit is the best in the NHL with a 90.6 percent success rate on the season.

It has only allowed three power-play goals in 49 opportunities over the last 11 games, with Edmonton posting a 6-4-1 record over that span. The Oilers face a struggling Chicago power-play unit that has just four goals in 52 opportunities over the last 12 games.

A key to Edmonton's stinginess has been the play of Dwayne Roloson, who had 23 saves against the Flames. The 37-year-old goaltender has won his last five starts with a 1.58 goals-against average.

He is 11-6-1 with a 2.30 GAA and one shutout in 19 games - 18 starts - overall this season.

Roloson struggled in two starts against the Blackhawks last season, though, splitting the results and allowing seven goals on 58 shots for a 3.41 GAA.

The win came on April 7, after he was acquired by Edmonton in a trade from Minnesota. He made 23 saves and Ryan Smyth scored in overtime to give the Oilers a 4-3 win.

Smyth had two goals and an assist in that victory over Chicago, giving him five points in the last two meetings between the clubs.

Edmonton and Chicago split four meetings last season, but the Oilers have won six of the last eight in the series.

The Blackhawks (7-11-2) hope to close out their five-game road trip on a positive. They have gone 1-2-1 on the extended annual trip, caused by the circus performing at the United Center.

They have only four wins in 27 games over the last four seasons during the trip.

The Blackhawks are also trying to avoid a three-game losing streak, after they lost 4-1 at Calgary on Wednesday.

"That was a pretty big game for us and we didn't get that win," goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin said.

Khabibulin made 36 saves in his third game since returning from a broken finger. He has won only one of those games, while allowing eight goals on 123 shots.

He had 37 stops in a 2-1 loss at Vancouver on Sunday.

The Russian has not started at Rexall Place since Dec. 14, 2001, with Tampa Bay and is 3-6 there with a 3.42 GAA in 10 career starts. His last win at the arena came on March 30, 1999, when he was with Phoenix.

2006-2007 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 01 '07EDM 1 at CHI 2P. Sharp
Feb 09 '07CHI 1 at EDM 2S. Horcoff
Dec 10 '06EDM 1 at CHI 4B. Smolinski
Nov 24 '06CHI 1 at EDM 5M. Reasoner
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