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The Scouting Report: Chicago Blackhawks

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Chicago Blackhawks losses are few and far between.

When they happen, they come in pairs.

For just the second time this season, the Blackhawks have lost back-to-back games after dropping consecutive outings to the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings. The losing streak accounts for half of the regulation losses Chicago has to their name this season. The other two came against the Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers - also in back-to-back contests.

Around the pair of skids comes the National Hockey League's most dangerous team.

With 51 points through 31 games this season, the Blackhawks are at a pace that would give them a 135-point season - a total that would eclipse the record of 132 set by the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens (set over an 80-game schedule).

Still, since having their 'consecutive games with at least a point' streak snapped at 24 by Colorado on March 8th, Chicago is just 3-4-0, proving they may be human after all.

SEASON SERIES

The Blackhawks and the Flames have squared off just once this season with Chicago taking a 3-2 shootout victory at Scotiabank Saddledome on February 2nd. A 45-save performance from Ray Emery was complimented by a goal by Patrick Kane with 2.3 seconds remaining in the the third period to force a shootout, where he also nabbed the deciding goal.

After Tuesday's game, the two teams do not meet again until Calgary's final game of the season on April 26th.

WHO'S HOT

Patrick Kane
Right Wing - CHI
GOALS: 17 | ASST: 22 | PTS: 39
SOG: 88 | +/-: 11
PATRICK KANE

With such a recent offensive outburst with 20 goals in their last four outings, it's hard to pick just one player who is on fire for the Blackhawks but with Kane currently riding a six-game point streak that has seen the 24-year-old record three three-point games, few NHLers have been hotter. Over his last half-dozen, the former first overall pick has five goals and 12 points. Among the league's elite in point production this season, Kane has 17 goals and 39 points in 31 games this season.

WHO'S NOT

Dave Bolland
Center - CHI
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 7 | PTS: 12
SOG: 34 | +/-: -4
DAVE BOLLAND

With just one assist in his last five games - coming in Chicago's romp over the Stars - Bolland has hit a bit of a bump over the last two weeks of action. The 26-year-old serviceable center has played primarily with Kane at even-strength this season but hasn't seen the runoff in points with just five goals and 12 points in 25 games this season.

THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH

BRANDAN SAAD

In his first full season with the Blackhawks after a brief but standout career with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League, Saad has adjusted quickly to professional hockey. The 20-year-old has four goals and 16 points in 30 games for Chicago this season, while his ice time has steadily increased as coach Joel Quenneville grows more comfortable with his rookie.

RAY EMERY

Though not yet confirmed to be starting against the Flames, Calgary shooters still have nightmares from the 45-save performance he turned in at Scotiabank Saddledome. Undefeated on the season with an 11-0-0 mark, Emery has been equally as stingy against other opponents, as his 2.26 goals against average and .916 save percentage will attest to.

NICK LEDDY

Though he's down on the point production he enjoyed a season ago, Leddy has surpassed his goal total from a season ago in matching his career high from the 2010-11 season. The 22-year-old defenseman has four goals and 13 points while registering a plus-14 rating for the Blackhawks, second only to captain Jonathan Toews.

BY THE NUMBERS

Chicago Record This Season: 24-4-3 (1st in Western Conference)
Chicago Record Last Season: 45-26-11 (6th in Western Conference)
Calgary Record This Season: 12-14-4 (14th in Western Conference)
Chicago Scoring Leaders: CLICK HERE
Calgary Scoring Leaders: CLICK HERE

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