After Monday’s practice, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Cristobal Huet would get the start in net for Tuesday night’s game in Edmonton against the struggling Oilers.
The move could help Huet’s confidence after Antti Niemi received consecutive starts for the first time this year. Edmonton currently ranks 21st in the NHL in goals per game (2.58) and 24th in shots on net (28.8), statistics that are clear indications as to why the Oilers are in last place in the Western Conference with only 38 points in 50 games. The next-worst team in the West is Columbus, at 49 points.
Edmonton’s defense hasn’t help their case, either. The Oilers are 29th in the NHL, allowing 3.36 goals per game on 31.7 shots per night, a number good for only 25th in the league.
After a rough stretch of games, at least on paper, the Oilers might be the perfect rebound for the Hawks before they head into San Jose for a huge game with the Sharks.