FLAMES (6-11-1) AT BLACKHAWKS (9-7-1)
TV: SN1, CSN-CH (6:30 PM MT)
Season series: The Chicago Blackhawks won two of three games against the Calgary Flames last season (2-0-1). The Flames won the first game 2-1 in overtime at United Center on Oct. 15 despite being outshot 50-18. Defenceman Dennis Wideman scored a goal in each of the first two games for the Flames. Right wing Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists to the lead the Blackhawks.
Flames team scope: Calgary is looking to win back-to-back games for the second time this season. The Flames have won three of their past five games, and young forwards Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett have led the charge. Bennett, a left wing, has four goals and 10 points in the past eight games. Monahan, who centers the top line, has four goals in the past four games. He scored twice in Calgary's 3-2 overtime win against the Washington Capitals on Friday, including the game-winner to end a two-game losing streak. "He's shooting, plus he's skating very well," coach Bob Hartley told the Flames website. "I think the way that he's striding. He's a powerful skater. When his feet are moving like they're moving now, he's definitely a threat." The Flames didn't practice in Chicago on Saturday. Goalie Karri Ramo has made seven straight starts.
Blackhawks team scope: Chicago is looking to sweep a weekend back-to-back set after getting swept in its previous two back-to-backs. The Blackhawks defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-2 at Scottrade Center on Saturday, but are 3-4-1 in their past eight games. Chicago got veteran defencemen Duncan Keith and Michal Rozsival back from injury against the Blues. Keith had an assist and led all skaters with 27:34 of ice time. Rozsival played 13:20 in his first game since fracturing his left ankle last season at the Minnesota Wild in Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round. "It's a different look with those two guys back [in] there," coach Joel Quenneville told the Blackhawks website. "Welcome back to the two of them. We'll check to see how they're handling it, how they feel ... hopefully they can both go." Backup goalie Scott Darling is expected to start.