The Chicago Blackhawks have been playing better as of late with a point in their last four games (three points under Savard, three points under Quenneville) and look to add to this streak when the Edmonton Oilers come to town.
The 'Hawks are coming off a decisive win versus the Vancouver Canucks, and look to down another Canadian team. The 'Hawks, under Joel Quenneville, are looking better offensively and have fairly solid lines, game in and game out.
Patrick Kane has been the real surprise as of late. After the emotional departure of Denis Savard, Kane has been playing like he has something to prove, posting six points (three goals and three assists).
The player that needs to up his production for Chicago's point streak to continue is captain Jonathan Toews. Toews has three points on the season, all assists—but has two of those assists in his first two games under Quenneville.
The Edmonton Oilers this season are undefeated in four games against the Ducks, Flames and Avalanche. They have not had an individual jump to a tremendous offensive start, but there has been more of a team effort, with four of their leading scorers having four points (Ethan Moreau, Sheldon Souray, Ales Hemsky, and Denis Grebeshkov).
The Oilers could give the 'Hawks problems by taking advantage of turnovers, which has happened a lot to Chicago in the beginning. The Oilers' offense is not very strong, but they do not allow many goals—nine in their first four games.
The 'Hawks will need to jump on the man advantage in order to be successful against the strong Oilers defense, and minimize the turnovers against a very good offense.
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Chicago Blackhawks News and Notes
The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled F Troy Brouwer from the Rockford Ice Hogs of the AHL, and have assigned F Jack Skille to Rockford.
Troy Brouwer has eight points (two goals and six assists) in his first six games in the AHL. Brouwer is a power-forward type with good scoring abilities, and he will get to play with Sharp and Havlat because of Dustin Byfuglien's struggles.
It is sad to see Jack Skille go back to the AHL, but I believe Joel Quenneville is trying to evaluate the talent that the 'Hawks have at the AHL level. If Skille continues to improve down in the AHL, he will get his chance once again with the 'Hawks.