The Circus Trip for the Blackhawks is when the Circus comes to town using the United Center, forcing the Hawks to go on the road for 12 days to play their games. That all starts tonight, as the Hawks(10-7-1) travel to Edmonton to take on the Oilers(6-12-0) marking the last time that the Blackhawks will play at Rexall Place, as a new arena is being built in place of it for the 2016-2017 season. The Hawks have started the season slowly, mostly due to the lack of depth behind the blue line and the merry-go-round on the top line. One of those two problems has been fixed, as reigning Norris trophy winner Duncan Keith and stellar defensemen Michal Rosival both returned last weekend, in wins versus arch rival St. Louis on Saturday night, and then against the Flames Sunday.
The return of Duncan Keith and the start of the Circus trip could not have came at a better time, as the Hawks currently sit in the final playoff spot in the Western conference and are looking to gain some momentum to shoot towards the top in a tough Central division. What does the Circus trip have to do with the Hawks looking to gain momentum? Well, the last time the Hawks had a losing circus trip, Patrick Kane and Jonathon Toews had just made their debuts for the Hawks during the 2007-2008 regular season. Yes, it’s been 8 years since the Hawks had a losing trip on the Circus trip. Here are their records during that time span:
Look for the Hawks to continue their success on this road trip, and get on track as they try to defend their Stanley cup final from a year ago. Patrick Kane, who hasn’t let off the ice issues bother him, looks to keep his amazing 2015 start going along with his 7 game goal streak along with his 13 game point streak. Crawford to get the start tonight.
Lines for tonight’s contest vs the Oilers: