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Scouting Report: Chicago Blackhawks

by Paul Mawdsley / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- After taking down the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in overtime on Wednesday night, the Chicago Blackhawks are riding a three-game winning streak in cow town.

Despite the win, it wasn’t the ideal effort for Chicago.

"For us, I don’t think we were too happy about our game in Edmonton, even though we won it," noted star forward Patrick Kane. "We feel we can be a lot sharper and bear down and make some better plays out there."

Edmonton was the first stop on their annual Circus Trip that will last 13 days and will makes stops in Vancouver, San Jose, Anaheim, and Los Angeles.

While the long road trip is taxing, the players are excited to play in front of some great crowds.

"Anytime you play against Calgary at home, it’s going to be a tough game - it seems like the crowd is always into it," admitted Kane. "With that being said, I think we all enjoy this trip, coming out to Western Canada and playing in some Canadian cities that really love hockey."

The Flames and Blackhawks met a mere five days ago, a game that Chicago dominated, winning 4-1 on home ice.

This time, home ice advantage swings to Calgary.

"You’ve got to expect them to work harder and give their fans a good showing," Kane said of his opponent.

Blackhawks Record: 11-7-1

2015 vs. the Flames: 1-0-0

All-Time vs. the Flames: 72-60-4

Against the Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome: 32-34-2

Notable Injuries: F Teuvo Teravainen

Who’s Hot: Patrick Kane

The Blackhawks star has been on fire to start this season. In fact, he currently holds the longest point streak of the NHL season with 24 points in his past 14 games. That scoring outburst has him atop the NHL with 30 points in just 19 games -- that puts him on pace for a ridiculous 129 points. He’ll be looking to extend his streak tonight against the Flames.

"I think anyone gains more knowledge of the game with more experience," said Kane on his start to the season. "When you break into the league, you play a certain way, but sometimes you have to change that to adapt to the NHL style. I’ve been fortunate this year playing with some great line mates. It’s been fun playing with the two Russians."

Honourable Mention: Artemi Panarin

One of the Russian’s on Kane’s line, Panarin also has a nice point streak to his name. The Russian winger has 10 points in his last six games. His 21 total points makes him the leading rookie scorer and tied for third in the NHL.

Who’s Not: Trevor Daley

In the off-season, Chicago sent forward Patrick Sharp to the Dallas Stars for defenceman Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt. The team surely expected that they would recoup some of the lost offence by way of Daley, as the defenceman had put up 20 or more points in each of the past eight seasons (excluding the lockout season). To date, he has registered three points and on pace for under 13 points this season.

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