Record: 30-15-4 Season Series: 0-3-0 Last Five: 3-2-0
Record: 28-13-8 Season Series: 3-0-0 Last Five: 3-2-0
BLACKHAWKS LEADING SCORERS
Blackhawks vs. Flames 7:30 p.m. MT Pengrowth Saddledome TV: TSN Radio: The Fan 960
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…
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 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.
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
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.