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Preview: Flames vs. Blackhawks

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

BLACKHAWKS (11-7-1) at FLAMES (7-12-1)

TV: CSN-CH, SNW (7:00 PM MT)

Season series: The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Calgary Flames 4-1 at United Center on Sunday in their first game. Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa each had a goal and assist, and Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling made 25 saves. David Jones scored for the Flames, and goalie Karri Ramo made 37 saves on 40 shots.

Blackhawks team scope: Chicago is looking for its fourth straight win. The Blackhawks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in overtime Wednesday in the first game of their annual "Circus Trip." They hope to improve their play in the second game, though, after being outshot by the Oilers 37-27 and having a 43.8 shot attempts percentage (SAT%) at 5-on-5. Chicago has had a sub-50 SAT% in three of its past four road games. Forward Teuvo Teravainen, who left early against Edmonton because of an upper-body injury, won't play. Coach Joel Quenneville told the Chicago Sun-Times on Thursday that the injury is minor, but Teravainen could miss a couple games. Forward Andrew Desjardins, who was scratched the past three games, will play, and Darling will start in goal.

Flames team scope: Calgary is 2-3-0 in its past five games but has won three straight at Scotiabank Saddledome. After defeating the New Jersey Devils 3-2 there on Tuesday, the Flames took Wednesday off before returning for practice Thursday. Defenceman TJ Brodie and forward Jiri Hudler didn't practice. Brodie was off for a recovery day, coach Bob Hartley said, and Hudler was out because of a personal issue. Each is expected to play. With goalie Jonas Hiller (lower body) injured, Ramo will make his 10th straight start. Ramo has started nine of 10 games since being recalled from Stockton of the American Hockey League. "It gives you confidence," Ramo told the Flames website. "It makes preparing yourself and playing easier. The mental side is easy too, because you're only focused on playing games. You don't have to worry about anything else."

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