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Preview: Calgary Flames @ Chicago Blackhawks 10/24/2016 (7/82)

The Flames will try to stop a 2 game skid as they take on the Backhawks tonight in the Windy City.

Chicago Blackhawks v Calgary Flames Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

Calgary Flames @ Chicago Blackhawks, 6:30 PM MT, United Center, Chicago, IL

Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960

The Flames will head to the Midwest and the Windy City of Chicago to take on the Chicago Blackhawks tonight. Calgary comes into this game on a two game skid, while the Blackhawks come into this contest winners of 3 out of their last 4. This could be the game that the Flames use to get back on track as the Blackhawks goaltending has been almost as bad as Calgary’s. Chicago is only behind, you guessed it, the Flames in goals allowed this season with 22. The Blackhawks penalty kill is equally as bad as it sits at the bottom of the NHL at a weak 42.9%. We all know of Calgary’s struggles with the PP this season and this match up does bode well for a special teams unit that desperately needs to get it moving.

The month of October hasn’t been kind to the Flames and a win in Chicago would do wonders for morale and the standings. The Flames are teetering on the edge of the Western Conference basement, only 1 point ahead of bottom dwelling Arizona. Chicago meanwhile is in a log jam in the middle of the pack in the West. They started out slow with 2 straight losses and since then have turned it on scoring 19 goals and giving up 14 in their last 4 games. This contest could turn into a high scoring affair with each team having less than stellar goaltending so far this season. Here’s how the teams match-up:

Tale of The Tape
Calgary Flames
Chicago Blackhawks
1-4-1 Record 3-3-0
3 Points 6
6th Pacific Division 3rd Central
7th West Conference 4th West
N/A Last 10 N/A
18 Goals For 22
26 Goals Against 22
Brouwer (3) Goals Panik (6)
Giordano (4) Points Anisimov (8)
Johnson (.901) Save % Darling (.900)
4% (30th) PP% 20.8% (10th)
74.2% (23rd) PK% 42.9% (30th)

Calgary Flames 4 St. Louis Blues 6

The Flames last took to the ice on Saturday night and lost to the St. Louis Blues 6-4. The Blues took command of the game early on, but Calgary provided a little push back, but it was a too little too late. Here’ our recap , Glen Gulutzan’s post game comments, game stats for the Flames and the highlights.

Calgary Flames stats vs St. Louis Blues 10/22/16
Goals Shots Shots Allowed Hits FOW PIM Giveaways Takeaways PP PK
4 27 40 16 33/65 10 15 9 0/3 2/4

Chicago Blackhawks 5 Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (SO)

It took a big comeback and a shoot out, but the Blackhawks defeated the Maple Leafs on Saturday 5-4. The fine folks over at Second City Hockey have the recap from that game and here it is, along with the highlights.

Staring Goalies
Player Record Save % GAA
Calgary: Elliott (E) 0-3-0 .839 4.72
Chicago: Crawford (E) 1-3-0 .886 3.35

Players to Watch

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames: Kris Versteeg (F). Versteeg found himself skating with Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau early in the season and delivered varying results. He was dropped down to the 2nd line Saturday night with Troy Brouwer and Sam Bennett where he pumped in 2 goals against the Blues. The two markers were his first of the season and gave him his 3rd point. Here’s to hoping that can jump start Versteeg and the offence as well.

St Louis Blues v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Chicago Blackhawks: Artem Anisimov (C). Anisimov continued is hot play Saturday night scoring 2 goals in a 5-4 SO win against the Leafs. Anisimov had a four point night against the Flyers as well last week and leads the team with 8 points. His FOW% is down at 38.3%, which is a career low for the Russian centre and that’s something the Flames should attempt to take advantage of.