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Blackhawks Vs. Oilers Preview: Marian Hossa Returns

The Blackhawks can be forgiven if they experience a bit of déjà vu tonight at the United Center.

The Edmonton Oilers were visitors at the UC just a week ago Friday when they took advantage of some poor goaltending by Marty Turco, who gave up four goals in 12 shots before being replaced by Corey Crawford. The Blackhawks eventually lost 7-4 to a team that had one of the league's worst road records over the last calendar year.

Tonight, they'll try it again, with some good news: winger Marian Hossa is expected back from injury:

Winger Marian Hossa, who hasn't played since suffering an upper-body injury Oct. 27 against the Los Angeles Kings, is expected to return. Before being injured when he collided with the Kings' Jarret Stoll along the boards, Hossa was arguably the Hawks' top player this season with seven goals and four assists in 11 games.

The Blackhawks' 8-7-1 record includes a losing mark at home, only four wins in nine home games. They'll need to start improving that soon; they play three home games this week before leaving on the traditional fall "Circus Trip" to the West Coast starting on Nov. 17.

Tonight's game begins at 6 p.m. CST (did you remember to turn your clocks back?) and will be televised on WGN-TV (Chicago only).