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Game Primer: Flames refocus for the Hawks

by Sue Palanki / Calgary Flames
FLAMES LEADING SCORERS

Regular Season
Player
GP
G
A
P
Iginla 50 20 37 57
Cammalleri 49 26 23 49
Langkow 50 16 23 39

Record: 30-15-4
Season Series: 0-3-0
Last Five: 3-2-0

vs. Dallas Stars

Record:
28-13-8
Season Series: 3-0-0
Last Five: 3-2-0
BLACKHAWKS LEADING SCORERS

Regular Season
Player
GP
G
A
P
Kane 47 17 28 45
Havlat 49 16 24 40
Toews 49 16 23 39

Blackhawks vs. Flames
7:30 p.m. MT
Pengrowth Saddledome
TV: TSN
Radio: The Fan 960

THE MATCH-UP
After a post-game meeting on Tuesday with General Manager Darryl Sutter, the Flames are regrouping their efforts to make the rest of the month of February better.

Calgary lost both back-to-back road games earlier this week first to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday (3-4) then another loss in Dallas (1-3) on Tuesday. The Flames will have to improve their road record (11-11-1) if they want to continue staying strong in first place in the Northwest Division.

The Flames will also have to fight real hard to not make it three in a row when they face the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

While Calgary has a stronger home record (19-5-3), the team hasn't faired well against the Hawks and is 0 for 3 this season. Tonight's the final showdown between both teams. The Flames will have to turnaround their play, attitude, and focus to avoid a season sweep.

"We just have to regroup. We have to pretend it is the San Jose Sharks and come with that mentality that we are going to outcompete them at every spot. Right now we are being outcompeted in some spots and they are capitalizing on their opportunities," Craig Conroy said. "Obviously the penalty kill hasn’t been good enough. The power play has been good. If we can get that turned around we’ll get this worked out."

The Blackhawks are on an eight-game trip picking up three wins so far including San Jose, Anaheim and Edmonton. The last time they came through western Canada in December, they beat all three teams. So far, they beat the Oilers on Tuesday, 3-1 at Rexall Place. After tonight's game they head to Vancouver on Saturday.

Both Dave Bolland and Martin Havlat picked up two points. Havlat's collected five points against the Flames so far.

Cristobal Huet started Tuesday's game making 20 saves. It’s most likely Nikolai Khabibulin will be the netminder against Calgary. He made 32 saves in the last contest and is 20-5-2 in his career against the Flames.

Chicago is sitting at fourth and tied with Calgary with 64 points in the Western Conference. Both teams are seven points behind Detroit and contenders to overtake the second place spot.

The Flames are at home for two more games. They will face the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday afternoon followed by the Montreal Canadiens on Monday. They head back out on the road to face Anaheim, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

For the Flames…

Mike Cammalleri
Cammalleri

Michael Cammalleri picked up his 26th goal (13th power play goal) in Tuesday's loss putting him at 45 points. While he is one of the hottest players in the NHL right now, he is point-less and -6 against the Blackhawks.

For the Blackhawks...

Dave Bolland
Bolland

Dave Bolland is having an awesome rookie season with the Blackhawks. He has 30 points in 49 games so far. He scored a goal and got a helper on Havlat's goal on Tuesday. Currently, Bolland’s on a four game point streak with two goals and three assists.


PREVIOUS GAME


Calgary 1, Dallas 3
Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Flames opened the scoring on Michael Cammalleri's 26th goal on the power play at 6:52 of the first. Dallas scored a late power play goal in the first to tie things at 1-1 after one. James Neal put Dallas up by one in the second, and Brad Richards added an empty netter to seal a 3-1 win over the Flames. Miikka Kiprusoff made 29 saves in the loss.

Power Play:1/3 (33%)Penalty Killing : 3/5 (60%)
Shots:Calgary: 25,Dallas: 32
Attendance:16,395
FLAMES MILESTONES WITHIN REACH

Todd Bertuzzi needs three power play goals for 100
Craig Conroy needs four games for 900
Jarome Iginla needs six goals for 400 and four points to pass MacInnis for 2nd on Flames all time
Daymond Langkow needs six points for 600
Matthew Lombardi needs four assists for 100
Dion Phaneuf needs seven games for 300 and ten points for 200
Cory Sarich needs seven assists for 100
Mike Keenan needs two wins to pass Pat Quinn for 4th in all-time wins

INJURY REPORT

Jim Vandermeer continues to be a healthy scratch. Brandon Prust (jaw) and Wayne Primeau (foot) are expected to return later this month, and Rhett Warrener (shoulder) is out indefinitely.
 

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