The Calgary Flames are hunting for first place as they take on the Chicago Blackhawks on home ice. The Flames are coming off of an exhilarating game that saw them score five goals to erase a 4-1 deficit in the third period against the Colorado Avalanche. The managed to do all that against one of the better goalies in the league this year in Semyon Varlamov.
Mike Smith was nothing short of abhorrent in the last contest as he let up four goals in 14 shots to start off with before stabilizing a bit in the third. As a result, David Rittich is getting the chance to start in this one. Rittich has the second highest GSAA of all goalies while Mike Smith has the second lowest.
There will be no other changes to the lineup tonight. Austin Czarnik, Dalton Prout, and Michael Stone will make up the health scratches for the Flames. Game time is at 8:00 P.M. M.S.T.