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Monday, November 25th (All times Eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (16-4-4) at Edmonton Oilers (7-15-2), 9:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - While they remain last in the Western Conference, the Edmonton Oilers are in the midst of by far their best stretch of the season.

The Oilers, though, face a stiff task on Monday night as they look to extend their longest winning streak of the campaign in a matchup with the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

The 2013-14 season has been a rough one for Edmonton and first-year head coach Dallas Eakins, with the Oilers having posted three separate five-game losing streaks. However, they have followed up their most recent skid with a season- high three-game winning streak.

Edmonton has outscored its opponents 15-3 over that span and is coming off Thursday's 4-1 victory against the Florida Panthers.

Jordan Eberle and Devan Dubnyk continued their recent impressive stretches, with Eberle scoring twice and Dubnyk posting 24 saves. David Perron and Sam Gagner added goals and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins notched three assists.

"Our confidence is high. We want to keep that going but also understand that we have higher aspirations than the game that we played today," said Eakins. "We can play better than we played today."

Edmonton improved to 3-7-0 as the home club and wraps a three-game residency tonight.

Eberle has notched four goals and an assist over the three-game win streak, while Dubnyk has yielded the three goals on 74 shots and also notched his first shutout of the season. Dubnyk's hot streak has come on the heels of Edmonton's recent signing of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

Dubnyk's current stretch should keep him in net tonight and he is 2-4-0 with a 3.83 goals against average in eight games (7 starts) lifetime versus the Blackhawks. That does include a 5-4 loss in Chicago on Nov. 10, with Dubnyk yielding all five goals on 36 shots.

Perron and Eberle both had a goal and an assist in the loss, Edmonton's third in its last four versus Chicago.

The Blackhawks have won seven of their last nine in Edmonton and got goals from Marcus Kruger and Duncan Keith less than two minutes apart in the third period to best the Oilers.

Kruger was part of an even quicker scoring binge on Saturday as he tallied nine seconds after Andrew Shaw in the third period of Saturday's 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Corey Crawford aided Chicago's comeback by stopping all 14 shots he faced in the final frame, part of a 36-save effort that helped lift the Blackhawks to their seventh win in nine games. Chicago is 2-1 on a seven-game road trip.

"I didn't mind the way we played for 40 minutes down a goal. We got a lucky one to get us going, and a great response on the following shift. It was nice to see us find a way," said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville.

Patrick Kane had an assist on Shaw's goal to extend the league's longest active point streak to 10 games. He has five goals and nine assists over the run.

Forward Bryan Bickell sat out a second game in a row with a lower-body injury, while Marian Hossa did not play after leaving the club to attend to a family matter. Hossa had just returned on Thursday from a three-game absence caused by a lower-body injury and it is unknown how long his personal matter will keep him out.

Crawford is 3-5-0 with a 3.20 GAA in 10 previous meetings with the Oilers, including six starts. He made 19 saves in the Nov. 10 victory.

11/25 10:55:33 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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