Calgary Flames @ Chicago Blackhawks, 6:30 PM MT, United Center, Chicago IL
|TV: RSNF, CSNC|
|Radio: Sportsnet 960|
The Flames are making their second stop in Chicago in 8 days when they take on the Blackhawks Tuesday night. The Flames just finished a quick 2 game home stand where they saw their modest 3 game win streak snapped by the Capitals Sunday night. The last time the Flames hopped a plane to Chicago they were in need of a win to get them headed in the right direction and a win is what they got. The 3-2 shootout win was the kick start to the Flames winning streak and it saw the power play get jump started as well. Calgary was 2-5 on the PP and Brian Elliott got rolling by stopping 31 of 33 shots he faced and stone walling the ‘Hawks in the shoot out. Calgary then cranked out 2 more wins over St. Louis and Ottawa before running out of goals against the Washington Capitals.
The Blackhawks, meanwhile, have won 2 straight since being beaten by the Flames. Chicago has outscored it’s opponents 6-2 over that span, including a 3-0 blanking of the LA Kings. This is the second of 3 games at home for the Blackhawks where they are 4-2 so far on the young season.
Both Calgary and Chicago have seen their seasons get progressively better since they last met. Calgary’s PP was dead last in the league at 4% and has since risen to 10.8% and the Blackhawks have stayed the same in 10th place at 20.8%. The most notable change for both teams has been the quality of the goaltending. Brian Elliott has started every game since, going 3-1 and dropped his goals against from 4.72 to 2.99. Corey Crawford on the other hand is 2-0 and surrendered 2 goals on 64 shots.
Here’s how the teams match-up:
|Calgary Flames||Chicago Blackhawks|
|3rd Pacific||Division||3rd Central|
|5th West||Conference||4th West|
|Frolik (4)||Goals||Anisimov (6)|
|Gaudreau (7)||Points||Anisimov (11)|
|Johnson (.901)||Save %||Crawford (.919)|
|10.8 (27th)||PP %||23.7 (10th)|
|72.1 (28th)||PK %||53.1 (30th)|
Calgary Flames 1 Washington Capitals 3
The Flames last took to the ice on Sunday night with a 3 game win streak and saw it end at the hands of the Washington Capitals. Marcus Johansson scored twice for the Caps and Mikael Backlund finally nabbed his first goal of the season. Here’s our recap, the highlights, Glen Gulutzan’s post game presser and the stats from the contest.
LA Kings 0 Chicago Blackhawks 3
The Blackhawks started off a 3 game home stand on the right foot by blanking the LA Kings 3-0 Sunday night. Corey Crawford continued his hot streak stopping all 32 shots he saw in the contest. Second City Hockey breaks down the performance in their recap and NHL.com has the highlights.
|Flames: Elliott (E)||3-4-0||2.99||.898|
|Blackhawks: Crawford (E)||3-3-1||2.44||.919|
Players To Watch
Calgary Flames: Matthew Tkachuk (F). The 6th overall draft pick has reached the end of his 9 game tryout with the Flames and it’s time for Calgary to make a decision: keep him or send him back to the London Knights. Tkachuk has played in 8 games so far this season and has 1 goal and 3 assists. Since returning from being a healthy scratch #19 has had an assist in 3 straight games and is not making it easy for the Flames.
Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane (F). Kane is the steady hand that drives the Blackhawks and this season is no different. So far this season the formidable winger has 9 points in 9 games. As if that’s not dauntng enough, he’s feasted on the Flames recently. In his last 10 games against Calgary Kane has 13 points, including a goal when they last played on October 24th.