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EDMONTON OILERS (4-0-0) at
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (2-2-2)
Start Time: 7:08 p.m. MDT
Television: Oilers PPV (click to order)
Radio: 630 CHED, Oilers Radio Network and online at edmontonoilers.com.Game Notes by Marc Ciampa | edmontonoilers.com
Just The Facts...
Bob Stauffer and Rob Brown discuss tonight's game from the United Center in Chicago. Pre-game comments from Dwayne Roloson, Jason Strudwick & Sam Gagner Patrick Kane jokes about facing Sam Gagner tonight
Pre-Game Audio... Oct. 22: Pre-Game at Chicago: Sam Gagner
Oct. 22: Pre-Game at Chicago: Dwayne Roloson
Oct. 22: Pre-Game at Chicago: Jason Strudwick
Oct. 22: Pre-Game at Chicago: Craig MacTavish
Listen to all (in order): Gagner, Roloson, Strudwick and MacTavish
Oct. 22: Bob Stauffer and Rob Brown preview tonight's game .
Cole's Notes - Power forward Erik Cole – a 6-foot-2, 205 pound left winger who hits anything that moves and can put the puck in the net – is expected to bring a strong presence to the ice this season for the Edmonton Oilers. ...more
Mural celebrates Joey Moss - One of the brightest stars of the Edmonton Oilers organization was honoured in a big way Monday afternoon, and a crowd of family, friends, and fans braved a crisp fall wind to join in the celebration. ...more
The Other Side
Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night - Blackhawk Charities will donate all proceeds from tonight’s 50/50 raffle and silent auction to local organizations fighting cancer. The Blackhawks showed support at the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" event last Sunday. Video | ...more Campbell Mic'ed Up/Goals of the Week - Comcast Sportsnet mic'd up Brian Campbell for Sunday's win against Vancouver. Campbell Mic'd Up ... Plus, you knew Martin Havlat's goal against Phoenix would make the Goals of the Week. But where did it rank? Goals | ...more
Odds and Ends
How well do you know Dustin Penner? - Robert Nilsson, Shawn Horcoff and Kyle Brodziak were all recently quizzed on Oilers teammate Dustin Penner. Follow the link for a video to see how they did as part of a feature on this week's episode of The Link! ...more 5 Questions with Lubomir Visnovsky This or that? with Zack Stortini
From the Wire (AP)
Considering the late surge the Edmonton Oilers put together to conclude last season, it shouldn't be too surprising that they're off to one of the best starts in the NHL thus far.
The unbeaten Oilers look for their fifth straight victory on Wednesday, when they kick off a three-game road trip against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Edmonton (4-0-0) went 14-5-1 over the final five weeks of 2007-08, but missed the playoffs for a second straight season as it finished tied for ninth in the Western Conference with Chicago (2-2-2) and Vancouver.
But despite failing to come away with a postseason berth, the Oilers carried their positive momentum into the new season as they've opened with four straight victories for the first time since starting 5-0-0 in 1985-86.
"That was a momentum turner for us," Cogliano said. "We were joking on the bench that we hadn't seen a hit like that in a long time. The guy that took that hit, we feel bad for him. And then he wins the fight right afterward. It was a big boost for the team and something we didn't have last year."
Edmonton is one of two remaining undefeated teams in the West along with Minnesota.
The Oilers will try to contain a Chicago team that has won two of its last three games.
Patrick Sharp scored twice and added an assist, while Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists in a 4-2 victory over visiting Vancouver on Sunday.
It was the Blackhawks' first win under Joel Quenneville, who replaced the fired Denis Savard on Thursday and watched his team build a two-goal lead before an eventual 4-3 shootout loss in St. Louis two nights later.
"I liked the response," Quenneville said. "It was a real emotional loss for us (in St. Louis). There's a big picture that's very bright here.
"The skill level of our kids will get better and better. But as a coach, we're in a short-term business. We want to win hockey games."
Kane - the reigning Calder Trophy winner - appears to have benefited from Quenneville's presence, providing three goals and three assists since the coaching change.
He and Sharp - tied for the team lead with eight points apiece - converted two of the Blackhawks' five power-play chances after entering Sunday's game 2-for-22 with the man-advantage.
Goaltender Cristobal Huet made 28 saves Sunday for his first victory with Chicago, and has compiled a 2.03 goals-against average in splitting two games versus Edmonton.
Huet signed a four-year, $24.45 million free-agent contract on July 1, but continues to share the net with Nikolai Khabibulin, who is 5-1-2 with a 1.94 GAA in his last nine matchups against the Oilers.
Meanwhile, the Oilers' Mathieu Garon, who made 31 saves versus Calgary, is 6-2-0 with a 2.37 GAA in eight all-time games versus Chicago.
The Oilers went 3-1-0 in last season's series versus the Blackhawks, winning once in two tries at the United Center.
|Mar 20 '09||EDM 5 at CHI 4 - SO||P. O'Sullivan|
|Feb 03 '09||CHI 3 at EDM 1||D. Bolland|
|Dec 16 '08||CHI 9 at EDM 2||B. Campbell|
|Oct 22 '08||EDM 0 at CHI 3||P. Sharp|