Calgary Flames vs Chicago Blackhawks, 7 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB
|TV: RSNW, CSNC|
|Radio: Sportsnet 960|
The Flames and Blackhawks play their 3rd and final game of the season against each other at the Saddledome Friday night. The two teams have split thus far with Chicago winning the last contest by the score of 5-1. Each team has been going in different directions since their last meeting, with Chicago going 5-2 and Calgary dropping 3 out of their last 7. The Blackhawks are still at the bottom of the league in Penalty Kill and the Flames are only slightly better. Chicago has really turned in on in recent weeks jumping from 4th in the West to 1st place in a little over 2 weeks. The Flames have put together a modest little 2 game winning streak and have done it by playing solid defence and really taking the body to their opponents. In their two straight wins the Flames have out hit Arizona and Minnesota 39-30. It hasn’t been raining goals for the Flames in the 2 wins, but they’ve done just enough on offence and gotten stellar goaltending from Chad Johnson along the way. They’ll need more of the truculence and offensive output if they plan on taking down the #1 team in the Western Conference. Here’s how the teams match-up:
|Calgary Flames||Chicago Blackhawks|
|5th Pacific||Division||1st Central|
|7th West||Conference||1st West|
|Frolik (6)||Goals||Hossa (9)|
|Frolik (12)||Points||Kane (18)|
|Johnson (.915)||Save %||Crawford (.928)|
|9.7 % (30th)||PP %||18.2 % (13th)|
|75.0 % (29th)||PK %||67.3 % (30th)|
Calgary Flames 2 Arizona Coyotes (1) OT
The Flames last took to the ice on Wednesday and took down bottom dwelling Arizona 2-1 in overtime. Chad Johnson was again the show as he stopped 20 of 21 shots he faced to earn his second straight win. Here’s our recap, the highlights, post game sound from OT hero Michael Frolik and the stats from the contest.
Chicago Blackhawks 0 Winnipeg Jets 4
|Flames: Johnson (E)||4-2-1||2.24||.915|
|Blackhawks: Crawford (E)||8-4-2||2.18||.928|
Players To Watch
Calgary Flames: Matthew Tkachuk/Micheal Ferland/Garnet Hathaway. These 3 have provided some serious jump to the Flames lineup in the last 2 games. Tkachuk has the only goal out of the 3, but the energy and “truculence” they have brought to the ice has really gotten the Flames moving. The Flames have had 39 hits in the two games these 3 have been in and they have 13 of them. The Tkachuk/Ferland/Hathaway trifecta is also doing it without spending time in the penalty box. They’ve only compiled 4 minutes of sin bin time between the three of them over that period.
Chicago Blackhawks: Artemi Panarin (F). The Russian forward has started to surge in his last 8 games. In the month of November, Panarin has 3 goals and 5 assists while being a +2. He’s also played well on the road this season with 5 points in 6 games away from United Center. In 2 games against the Flames this season Panarin has 1 goal and 1 assist.