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Calgary center Lindholm to play 500th NHL game; Chicago 6-2-0 in past eight

by Brandon Cain / Independent Correspondent

FLAMES (22-17-5) at BLACKHAWKS (19-8-6)

8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, SNW, NHL.TV


The Game

Elias Lindholm will play in his 500th NHL game when the Calgary Flames visit the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Tuesday.

The center has 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists) in 44 games this season for the Flames, who have won two in a row after going 2-5-1 in their previous eight. He has 298 points (107 goals, 191 assists) in seven seasons with Calgary and the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Blackhawks have won six of eight, including a 5-3 victory in Calgary on Dec. 31 after going 1-4-1 in their previous six games.


Players to watch

Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has five points (one goal, four assists) during a three-game point streak.

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has seven points (four goals, three assists) during a three-game point streak, including two goals and two assists against the Flames on Dec. 31.


They said it

"You probably look more toward 1,000 than 500, but it's a lot of games, lot of preparation and a lot of hard work." -- Flames center Elias Lindholm on playing his 500th NHL game

"We are playing better, our habits are better, we're giving ourselves a better chance to win for the most part most nights. We need to continue to do that." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton


Flames projected lineup

Matthew Tkachuk -- Elias Lindholm -- Andrew Mangiapane

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Mikael Backlund

Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Dillon Dube

Sam Bennett -- Zac Rinaldo -- Tobias Rieder

Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic

Oliver Kylington -- Rasmus Andersson

Cam Talbot

David Rittich

Scratched: Mark Jankowski, Michael Stone

Injured: None


Blackhawks projected lineup

Dominik Kubalik -- Jonathan Toews -- John Quenneville

Alex DeBrincat -- Kirby Dach -- Dylan Strome

Dylan Sikura -- Ryan Carpenter -- Patrick Kane

Zack Smith -- David Kampf -- Alex Nylander

Duncan Keith -- Adam Boqvist

Erik Gustafsson -- Connor Murphy

Olli Maatta -- Dennis Gilbert

Corey Crawford

Kevin Lankinen

Scratched: Matthew Highmore, Slater Koekkoek

Injured: Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol), Calvin de Haan (right shoulder), Robin Lehner (right knee), Brandon Saad (right ankle), Brent Seabrook (right shoulder/left and right hip), Andrew Shaw (concussion protocol)


Status report

Kylington and Rinaldo are in for Stone and Jankowski, respectively. … Nylander is in for Highmore after being a healthy scratch for three straight games.


Stat pack

The Flames are 6-1-0 in their previous seven games on the road. … DeBrincat has at least 20 assists in each of his three NHL seasons.

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