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Chicago Blackhawks Preview
Dominik Kubalik looks to follow up his record-setting performance when the 12th-seeded Chicago Blackhawks face the fifth-seeded Oilers on Monday in Game 2 of their best-of-five Western Conference qualifying series in Edmonton.
The Calder Trophy finalist became the first player in NHL history to record five points in his playoff debut after collecting two goals and three assists in Chicago’s 6-4 victory on Saturday afternoon. Captain Jonathan Toews added two goals and an assist in the opener to match the same totals he accumulated against the Oilers in the team’s three-game regular-season set.
The Blackhawks’ 28th-ranked power play provided an unexpected spark with three goals in the opener.
Edmonton Oilers Preview
The fifth-seeded Oilers aim for a better start out of the gate when they take the ice Monday for Game 2 of their Western Conference qualifying series against the 12th-seeded Chicago Blackhawks in Edmonton.
While captain Connor McDavid ignited his three-point performance with a goal 2:34 into the contest, the Oilers found themselves back on their heels after surrendering four goals in a span of 7:06 in the first period en route to a 6-4 setback on Saturday.
Edmonton’s top-ranked power play was as good as advertised with Hart Trophy finalist Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins joining McDavid by scoring with the man advantage. The Oilers’ second-ranked penalty kill, however, was singed for three goals in the series opener as well.