Blackhawks To Send Playoff Message To Edmonton Oilers

Dana Lane

Saturday, February 18, 2017 7:03 PM UTC

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 7:03 PM UTC

The Chicago Blackhawks are returning from their five day break which usually means bad to news for the vacationing team,  Champion Handicapper Dana Lane explains why the Blackhawks are the correct side in this Western Conference clash.

We never want to lose three straight games but if I try to lift any positives out of it, it's a good reminder of how important it is to manage your money properly.  Through the three-game streak we never put more than a unit on these games knowing that our bankroll could take a few bigger bet losses but instead we stayed true to the plan.  You never know when the next losing streak is coming, the idea is to minimize the damage before you go on a winning streak. 

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One last note, it's a good time to reiterate how important it is to shop for the best numbers which will also aid in overcoming bad streaks.  The less damage you can do to your bankroll the better it will be in the long run. 

Tonight, we roll over to the United Center as the Chicago Blackhawks return from their mandatory five-day lay off to face the Edmonton Oilers.

The Edmonton Oilers have been on an offensive tear lately, putting up six goals against the Philadelphia Flyers, Thursday, for a total of 11 over their last two.  With all that scoring I can't help but to think how easily the Blackhawks were able to shut down the Oilers last week, on the road. Chicago limited Edmonton to just one goal. That victory was the fifth in a row for the Blackhawks.

We like to dig a little deeper, so let's not overlook the satisfaction theory.  the Oilers have already matched their season point total from a year ago, don't think for a second that they're not aware of that.  It's possible that there could be a sense of accomplishment running through the locker room. 

The Blackhawks have won each of their last five home games against the Oilers, good for their longest home win streak against Edmonton in franchise history. Overall Chicago has won 10 of their last 12 games against Edmonton, outscoring them 46-27.

One aspect we look for is how well is a team special teams unit playing.  The Hawks are 6-12 with the extra attacker this month, including a 2-2 effort last week against Edmonton.

Let's get down on Chicago tonight as they break the bye week jinx.

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