EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- The Chicago Blackhawks hope to
halt their franchise-record 18-game road losing streak Thursday
night when they visit Rexall Place to face the Edmonton Oilers.
Chicago's streak was extended Tuesday with a 3-2 setback to the
Vancouver Canucks. Mark Bell scored 77 seconds into the second
period, but the Blackhawks permitted three straight goals before
Kyle Calder tallied on the power play with 6:39 left in the
Bell and Calder each have 14 goals to tie for the team lead.
Rookie Craig Anderson made 27 saves at Vancouver and fell to
1-10-0. The winning goal came on a rebound off Anderson's mask.
The Blackhawks have not won away from Chicago since a 2-1
victory over the Nashville Predators on November 7.
The Oilers are trying to stop a three-game losing streak. Radek
Dvorak's 10th goal gave Edmonton the lead midway through the
first period Tuesday, but they suffered a 3-1 defeat to the
Colorado Avalanche. Dvorak has three goals and two assists
during a three-game points streak.
Ty Conklin made 19 saves and fell to 0-3-2 since December 14.
The Oilers have won the first two meetings of the season,
including a 5-2 triumph here on November 18. In that contest,
Dvorak scored two goals and set up another and Mike York added
two assists. On Wednesday, York was placed on injured reserve
after after breaking a finger in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Colorado.
He is out indefinitely.
While playing in all 51 of Edmonton's games this season, York
has 15 goals and 22 assists for a team-best 37 points.
Centering the team's top line, York also has a plus-15 rating,
second on the team to linemate Dvorak.