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Friday, January 30th (All times eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (12-28-7-5) at Calgary Flames (25-18-4-3), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Chicago Blackhawks aim to cure their road struggles tonight when they head into the Saddledome to battle the Calgary Flames.

The Blackhawks' road woes continued on Thursday night, as they were dealt a 5-2 setback in Edmonton. Shawn Horcoff scored two of Edmonton's three second- period goals and Fernando Pisani posted a goal and an assist to lead the Oilers.

Bryan Berard registered a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who have lost three straight and eight of their last nine overall (1-7-0-1).

Kyle Calder scored the other goal for Chicago, which had its franchise-record road losing streak extended to 19 games (0-18-0-1). The lone point in that span came in an overtime setback at Vancouver on November 20. The Blackhawks haven't won away from the United Center since November 7 at Nashville.

Craig Anderson started in goal for Chicago on Thursday and allowed four goals on 31 shots.

Chicago continues with the fourth test of its six-game road trip tonight. The Blackhawks complete the swing with matches in Montreal and Toronto.

The Flames were dealt a 4-1 setback by the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday at HP Pavilion. Patrick Marleau scored a pair of goals to lift the Sharks.

Martin Gelinas scored the lone Calgary goal and Roman Turek finished with 31 saves. The Flames were coming off a 2-1 win at Phoenix on Tuesday and are 3-3-0 in their last six.

Calgary, 13-9-3-1 at the Saddledome this season, opens a five-game homestand tonight.

Calgary has taken two of three meetings with the Blackhawks this season, but Chicago picked up a 3-1 win in the last matchup on January 8 in the Windy City.

Calgary is 5-1-1 in the last seven tilts and has lost just once in the previous 13 matchups at the Saddledome.

01/30 10:24:38 ET


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