FLAMES LEADING SCORERS
|Player || |
|Iginla ||32 ||16 ||21 ||37 |
|Cammalleri ||31 ||11 ||15 ||26 |
|Langkow ||32 ||9 ||14 ||23 || |
Season Series: 0-1-0
Last Five: 2-1-2
|vs. || |
Season Series: 1-0-0
Last Five: 5-0-0
BLACKHAWKS LEADING SCORERS
|Player || |
|Kane ||29 ||14 ||23 ||37 |
|Sharp ||29 ||17 ||11 ||28 |
|Versteeg ||28 ||8 ||16 ||24 |
Blackhawks vs. Flames
7 p.m. MT
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.