By Ben Meyer-Abbott
The Blackhawks have doled out a number of different descriptions in the past few days of the team's shellacking at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers on their last visit to Rexall Place.
Patrick Sharp called the 9-2 beat down Nov. 19 "the low point of the season." Jonathan Toews talked about it as an embarrassment.
But leave it to Joel Quenneville to put the loss into clear and concise terms.
"We got our teeth kicked in here last time," Quenneville said Thursday after the team's morning skate.
But Quenneville doesn't want his players wrapped up in looking for revenge when the Hawks take on the Oilers at 8:30 p.m. central time. Taking two points off a team the Hawks have lost to twice in three meetings this season will be revenge enough, he said.
"Let's make sure we remember that and be smart about it," Quenneville said. We need a win in a bad way. We've got respect for how they play, but let's make sure we take care of our own business and not necessarily about getting even or redemption. It's basically, play a strong game and win and that's how you get even."
The Hawks will also be looking to avoid their second four-game losing streak in a month. The team began their four-game slide to start January with a 4-3 loss to the Oilers at the United Center after which Daniel Carcillo was suspended for his hit on Tom Gilbert.
"We haven't played at all the way we've wanted to in two of the games against these guys this year," winger Viktor Stalberg said. "We need to come out strong. We're in desperate need of points."
The Oilers will be without Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (left shoulder). The star rookie has missed 12 games since he fell against the boards Jan. 2 against the Hawks at the United Center.
"He wants to play on Thursday. I don't think that's realistic," Oilers coach Tom Renney said.
Bryan Bickell is expected to play for just the second time in the last six games for the Hawks.