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Thursday, January 8th (All times eastern)

Calgary Flames (21-12-3-3) at Chicago Blackhawks (10-21-7-4), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Calgary Flames seek their third straight win tonight when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.

Since a two-game skid, the Flames have defeated the NY Rangers and Islanders in the first installments of a trip that concludes tonight. On Tuesday, Jarome Iginla scored twice, including the game-winner with six minutes remaining in the second period to lead the way.

Iginla also had an assist, while Oleg Saprykin tallied the other goal for Calgary. Jamie McLennan stopped 31 shots for the Flames, who notched their sixth consecutive road win.

Iginla has three goals and three assists in his last two games for Calgary, which is 8-3-2 in its last 13 tries.

Darryl Sutter's club, with 48 points, sits third in the Northwest Division -- two behind second-place Colorado and four back of division-leading Vancouver.

The Flames will host Florida on Saturday.

Chicago, meanwhile, has lost two straight and three of its last four (1-3-0-1). On Wednesday the Blackhawks dropped a 7-4 contest in Minnesota, after holding a 4-2 lead in the second period. The Wild tallied five unanswered goals, including four in the final frame.

Tyler Arnason posted two markers for the Blackhawks, who are 3-7-2-1 in their last 13 contests overall. Rookie Michael Leighton only made 12 saves route to the defeat.

The Blackhawks, who sit fourth in the Central Division with 31 points, are 7-6-4-3 at home this season. They will host Colorado on Sunday.

Calgary has swept two games from Chicago to this point, and is 5-0-1 in the last six meetings. The Flames have won three straight at the United Center.

01/08 10:17:47 ET

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