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Preview: Flames at Blackhawks

Chicago's Artem Anisimov on seven-game point streak; Calgary may juggle lines

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

FLAMES (4-5-1) at BLACKHAWKS (5-3-1)

8:30 p.m. ET; CSN-CH, SNF, NHL.TV


Flames team scope

The Calgary Flames might have a lineup change because of the illness of an undisclosed forward. "Our roster isn't completely set yet tonight [for] how we're going to play, because we do have a guy who's sick up front," coach Glen Gulutzan said. "We're not going to say who that is, but all these guys in here know that our lineup that will be posted is tentative based on how one guy is feeling coming back to the rink." The forward lines were different during the morning skate than in Calgary's 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, but it's unclear if any changes will stick. If rookie Matthew Tkachuk plays, it will be his ninth game, and then the Flames must decide whether to continue playing him or send him back to London of the Ontario Hockey League to delay the start of his entry-level contract. Tkachuk has one goal and four points in eight games, including an assist in three straight games. "We're right at the nine-game mark," Gulutzan said. "He's done everything, in my mind, he can do. He's handled himself, he's done what he can and we'll just see what transpires in the next few days." Goalie Brian Elliott, who defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout at United Center on Oct. 24, will start in net.


Blackhawks team scope

Artem Anisimov is looking to extend his NHL career-high point to streak to eight games for the Chicago Blackhawks, who have points in their past four games (3-0-1) and won their past two. Anisimov has scored a goal in two straight games. His six goals are tied for the NHL lead with teammate Richard Panik and six other players, and his 11 points are tied for third in the League with five other players. "He's had a great start to the season," said Patrick Kane, who played right wing on Anisimov's line most of last season. "I know he had a great start last year too. When you have that balance down the lineup, especially with him on the second line, it's only going to do good things for our team." Panik also has three assists and nine points to rank among the top 25 scorers in the NHL. Rookie defenseman Gustav Forsling will return from an upper-body injury that sidelined him the past two games. Defenseman Michal Kempny likely will be scratched. Goalie Corey Crawford will make his fourth straight start.


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Alex Chiasson

Kris Versteeg -- Sam Bennett -- Troy Brouwer

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik

Lance Bouma -- Matt Stajan -- Micheal Ferland

Mark Giordano -- Dennis Wideman

TJ Brodie -- Deryk Engelland

Jyrki Jokipakka -- Dougie Hamilton

Brian Elliott

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Brett Kulak, Nicklas Grossmann, Freddie Hamilton

Injured: Ladislav Smid (neck)


Blackhawks projected lineup

Richard Panik -- Jonathan Toews -- Patrick Kane

Artemi Panarin -- Artem Anisimov -- Marian Hossa

Tyler Motte -- Marcus Kruger -- Nick Schmaltz

Vinnie Hinostroza -- Dennis Rasmussen -- Jordin Tootoo

Duncan Keith -- Brian Campbell

Niklas Hjalmarsson -- Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling -- Michal Rozsival

Corey Crawford

Scott Darling

Scratched: Ryan Hartman, Michal Kempny

Injured: Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body), Andrew Desjardins (lower body)


Status report

Desjardins might return against the Dallas Stars at United Center on Sunday, in the second game of a home-and-home set against the Stars. … Hartman will be scratched for the second straight game. … Kempny is expected to be scratched for the second time in four games. … Brouwer participated in the Flames' morning skate but wasn't on a forward line during line rushes. He is expected to play. … Freddie Hamilton centered the second line at the morning skate but was one of the last players off the ice. Hamilton has been scratched the past three games.


Who's hot

Crawford is coming off his first shutout and has a .975 save percentage during 5-on-5 play this season, making 159 saves on 163 shots. … Since allowing four goals in a 4-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 20, Elliott is 3-1-0 with a 1.73 goals-against average and .941 save percentage.

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