The Chicago Blackhawks have a little unfinished business before they embark on a six-game, two-week road trip.
The Hawks will take on the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night at the United Center before leaving Monday for Vancouver, where they will kick off the Circus Trip on Wednesday night against the Canucks. The Oilers have been one of the surprises of the NHL, hitting town with a 9-5-2 record.
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said following Sunday's morning skate that the Oilers possess one trait that will be difficult to contain.
"Speed," Quenneville said. "Speed and they attack well. They play a real solid team game and they have all four lines that have skill on them. We're going to have to check (and) we're going to have to play in our own end and maybe improvise off of that."
The Hawks will be without Dave Bolland, who will miss his third consecutive game with a right foot injury suffered against the Blues on Tuesday night. The center will make the trip to Vancouver and is expected to play soon.
"Hopefully (Bolland) gets to play one of the first two games," Quenneville said.
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