The Chicago Blackhawks look to take a 2-0 series lead over the Edmonton Oilers when the two meet on Monday for Game 2 of their qualifying series in the NHL. Chicago was dead last in the Central Division when play stopped on March 12th with a record of 32-38-8 and 72 points. At the time, the Blackhawks were in 11th place in the Western Conference standings but now have hopes of qualifying for the final eight in the conference.
Edmonton was 37-34-9 with 83 points when the regular season was halted in mid-March. At that time, the Oilers were battling with four other teams atop the Pacific Division including the Vegas Golden Knights, Calgary Flames and Arizona Coyotes and were in fourth place in the Western Conference standings.
Blackhawks look to take big 2-0 lead in the seriesThe Chicago Blackhawks surprised the hockey world and stunned the Edmonton Oilers with 6-4 in Game 1 of their series. Chicago jumped out to a 4-1 after one period and did not let the Oilers back into the game. Chicago added two more goals in the second period to take a 6-2 lead into the third period and coasted to the victory
Leading the way offensively for the Blackhawks was winger Dominik Kubalik who scored a pair of goals and handed out three assists. Jonathan Toews scored two goals and added one assist, while Brandon Saad scored one goal and added one assist. Dylan Strome scored the final goal for the Blackhawks.
Edmonton needs a wakeup callAfter just 20 minutes of Game 1 Edmonton trailed by three goals and after 40 minutes the Oilers were down by five goals and the game was all but over. What was even more surprising is, the Oilers opened the scoring to take 1-0 after just 2:34 had been played and it appeared as if the Oilers would go on to add more goals and walk away with a Game 1 victory, but that was not to be.
Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl each scored one goal and handed out a pair of assists for the Oilers, while James Neal scored one goal for the Oilers. However, in net Edmonton's goalie Mike Smith gave up five goals on just 23 shots and was chased in the second period. Mikko Koskinen made 18 saves for the Oilers after replacing Smith.
- Edmonton has won 4 of the last 7
- Chicago has lost eight of its last 12 when playing away from home