The Blackhawks’ record slide reached 18 as they fell to 0-2 on their trip with a 3-2 loss to Vancouver on Tuesday. Chicago has earned just one point during the road slide, when it fell 3-2 in overtime to the Canucks on Nov. 20.
“It’s going to come, we’ve just got to keep working and stay positive,” Anderson said after making his fifth straight start. “As soon as you get negative and start getting on guys, you go downhill and you’re in for a shellacking.”
Chicago has put up a fight during its 11 weeks of road losses, dropping 10 of the 18 games by one goal. The Hawks opened their trip Thursday with a 4-3 defeat at Columbus.
“It’s one shot, one save, that’s all it is,” Anderson said. “If you stay positive, tides will turn.”
The Blackhawks, whose previous record for consecutive road losses was 16 to close the 1953-54 season, fell to an NHL-worst 3-19-3-1 on the road.
Chicago plays all of its remaining games on the trip in Canada, including matchups with Calgary, Montreal and Toronto.
The Oilers open a four-game homestand after losing their third straight Tuesday, 3-1 at Colorado.
Radek Dvorak scored for Edmonton, which was 0-for-5 on the power play and lost by more than one goal for the first time since Dec. 20. The Oilers are last in the NHL league in power-play percentage.
“There were a lot of missed opportunities tonight,” Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. “It adds up to another disappointing loss for a club that can’t afford any more. We’ve got to find a way to generate more offense, some more fire in our game and more desperation than we’ve had.”
Forward Mike York, the Oilers’ leader with 37 points, broke a finger in the second period and didn’t return. The team placed him on injured reserve Wednesday.
Edmonton, 11-11-3 at Rexall Place, also faces Los Angeles, Anaheim and St. Louis on the homestand.