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Military night at Rexall

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

It should be pretty easy to blend in this evening at Rexall Place, given all the camouflage in the seats.

The Hockey Night in Canada tilt with the Chicago Blackhawks is military appreciation night, with fans being encouraged to turn their seats over to service men and women in Edmonton.

So far, close to 6,000 fans have returned their tickets for use by local soldiers.

The Oilers say it's not only the right thing to do for the military, but seeing that many fatigues in the crowd should be a source of inspiration and perspective for the players, too.

"It was an incredibly good idea and a great job by our fans giving up their tickets," said head coach Craig MacTavish. "Seeing the fatigues in the lower bowl ... if you don't get inspired by something like that you must not have a heart."

SHORT CIRCUITED

It's hard to focus entirely on scoring power play goals when you're worried about being scored against, but the Oilers would be wise to show a healthy respect to Chicago's penalty killing units.

The Hawks have an astonishing 10 shorthanded goals this years, tops in the league, including two in a 2-1 win over the Flames Thursday night.

"It stands out," MacTavish said of Chicago's numbers.

"They have seven shorthanded goals on the road. I saw them score three against Detroit shorthanded and a they had a pair against Calgary. Absolutely it'll be a big part of our preparation."


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