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Gameday: Flames host hot Hawks

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
FLAMES LEADING SCORERS

Regular Season
Player
GP
G
A
P
Iginla 32 16 21 37
Cammalleri 31 11 15 26
Langkow 32 9 14 23

Record: 18-11-3
Season Series: 0-1-0
Last Five: 2-1-2

vs.
Record: 16-6-7
Season Series: 1-0-0
Last Five: 5-0-0
 BLACKHAWKS LEADING SCORERS

Regular Season
Player
GP
G
A
P
Kane 29 14 23 37
Sharp 29 17 11 28
Versteeg 28 8 16 24

Blackhawks vs. Flames
7 p.m. MT
Pengrowth Saddledome
Sportsnet West and The Fan 960

The Chicago Blackhawks make their first visit to Calgary this season at the Pengrowth Saddledome on Friday. They have been a buzz all season after Joel Quenneville took over coaching duties and improved their dismal record of 1-2-1 to 15-4-6.

The Blackhawks have won the last three games they've played in Calgary and beat the Flames on their turf on November 9. The Flames will have to improve their pwer play  to avoid repeating the 6-1 loss of the last contest.

"Our power play was bad," Iginla said of the last matchup. "We wanted to jump on them early and didn't do it. They got better as the game went on."

Iginla is one point shy of 800 for his career and could reach that milestone tonight.

"We try to get a little too fancy sometimes," said forward Daymond Langkow of the power play. "We have to keep it simple...gets pucks on the net and jump on rebounds."

The Flames, currently on a two-game winning streak after beating St. Louis and Minnesota on the road this week, are not expected to make any line-up changes, meaning Jamie Lundmark, recalled earlier this week, will play in his third consecutive game. Lundmark recorded an assist in the two games he played this week.

Miikka Kiprusoff is 9-3-1 in his last 13 games. He's only given up 27 goals in that span with a goals-against average of 2.05. While Cristobal Huet and Nikolai Khabibulin have been alternating goaltending duties for Chicago, it's most likely Khabibulin will once again start tonight. Either goalie will be a good matchup for Kiprusoff. So far this season, Huet is 7-5-0 and has a GAA of 2.48 and Khabibulin is 9-1-0 with a 2.47 GAA.

This is the Blackhawks' second stop in a three-game road trip through western Canada before the Christmas break. They beat the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday 9-2 for their fifth straight win. They will play the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

Currently, the Flames and the Canucks are tied for first in the Northwest Division with Calgary in third place in the Western Conference. Chicago is second in the Central Division behind the Detroit Red Wings, and is fourth in the Western Conference.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

For the Flames…

Langkow

On the eve of his 900th NHL game, Daymond Langkow had a goal and an assist on Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Wild. He also helped linemate Todd Bertuzzi snap a 19-game scoring drought by feeding him a pass for the game-winner. Langkow also scored against the St. Louis Blues.

For the Blackhawks...

Ladd

After celebrating his 23rd birthday last week, Andrew Ladd has been on fire lately with six goals and 14 assists for the Blackhawks. He had three assists against the Oilers on Tuesday, but has never recorded a point against Calgary as a Blackhawk or with his former team, the Carolina Hurricanes.


NOTEWORTHY

Flames captain Jarome Iginla needs just one point for 800 in his career...After winning two back-to-back road games, the Flames begin a five game homestand for the rest of 2008. Craig Conroy, Mike Cammalleri and Todd Bertuzzi all have one goal and two assists apiece from the trip. The Flames home record is 9-4-2...The Flames are ranked 15th on power play compared to the Blackhawks at fourth. The Flames are fifth in penalty-killing while the Blackhawks are sixth.

 

FLAMES MILESTONES

Todd Bertuzzi needs three power play goals for 100
Jarome Iginla needs one point for 800
Miikka Kiprusoff needs six wins to take over second place on the Flames all-time wins list
Jarome Iginla needs eight games for 900
Jarome Iginla needs 10 goals for 400

THE ROSTER

F Wayne Primeau (foot) is day-to-day; F Curtis Glencross (lower body) is day-to-day; D Rhett Warrener (shoulder); D James Vandermeer (leg), and F Brandon Prust (fractured jaw) are on the IR list.

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