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PREVIEW: Blackhawks vs. Flames - Jan. 7, 2020

Chicago faces Calgary for the second time in eight days

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

TIME: 7:30 p.m. CT

The Blackhawks face the Calgary Flames for the second straight Tuesday night as the Pacific Division foes visit the United Center for the first time this season (TICKETS).


CHI: 19-18-6. 44 PTS (7th in Central)
CGY: 22-17-9, 49 PTS (5th in Pacific)


Chicago earned a come-from-behind victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday evening, scoring four unanswered goals in a 4-2 victory. Dylan Strome scored for the third time in his last four outings, Dylan Sikura scored his first NHL goal and Adam Boqvist scored the game-winner in the third period. Dominik Kubalik added an empty-netter for his 12th of the season, securing a Corey Crawford win with 19 saves. 

Calgary took a 5-4 shooutout win on Sunday night in Minnesota, taking the second point in a seven-round shootout. Mikael Backlund and Johny Gaudreau each notched a pair of assists as David Rittich earned his 18th win of the season. 

The two teams met on New Year's Eve in the Saddledome with Patrick Kane scoring four points (2G, 2A) in a 5-3 Blackhawks win to close out the decade. Chicago stormed out to a 4-0 lead and allowed the Calgary to make it interesting late before Kane's empty-netter with 0.5 seconds on the clock in a third straight win for the Hawks. 

Video: CGY vs. CHI game preview


Head coach Jeremy Colliton confirmed after morning skate that Corey Crawford will make his second straight start with Robin Lehner still sidelined with a right knee injury sustained in Thursday's game against Vancouver. Lehner did skate for a portion of the session, the first time he's been on the ice since the injury. 

Alex Nylander will return to the lineup after being healthy scratched in the last three games, replacing Matthew Highmore in the forward group. Highmore and Slater Koekkoek will be the healthy scratches against the Flames. 

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