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Thursday, February 5th (All times eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (28-13-8) at Calgary Flames (30-16-4), 9:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Chicago Blackhawks continue their eight-game road trip tonight, when they visit the Calgary Flames and Pengrowth Saddledome.

The Blackhawks are 3-1-0 so far on the trek. They won two of three in California to begin the swing and kicked off a three-game tour through Western Canada with a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

Cristobal Huet made 20 saves for the Blackhawks, while Dave Bolland and Martin Havlat had a goal and an assist each. Cam Barker also scored for Chicago, which improved to 14-9-3 on the road this season and will play in Vancouver on Saturday. Following that test, the Blackhawks return east to visit Atlanta and St. Louis.

Success so far on the road has helped Chicago close the gap a bit in the Central Division. With the Red Wings having struggled as of late, the Blackhawks have closed to within nine points of first-place Detroit.

Chicago try to sweep its four-game season series with Calgary tonight for the first time since winning all four meetings in 1993-94. The Blackhawks have outscored the Flames 14-5 this year and have won five of the last seven meetings between the clubs. Chicago has also claimed victory in each of its last four trips to Calgary.

Havlat has posted five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in three games versus the Flames this year, while Patrick Kane has notched four points (2g, 2a) in two contests this year against Calgary.

The Flames have lost back-to-back contests, but bring a 19-5-3 home record into this evening's clash. Calgary, which begins a three-game homestand tonight, has won three straight and 10 of its last 11 as the host.

Michael Cammalleri has been red-hot for the Flames as of late. He notched the lone goal in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Dallas, giving him a team-best 26 goals on the season and 12 tallies over his last 10 contests.

Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff was solid versus the Stars, turning aside 29 shots. He is 8-6-3 with a tie and 2.63 goals against average lifetime versus Chicago, but has posted a 4.87 GAA in three losses versus the club this season.

Calgary is in first place in the Northwest Division, as it owns a nine-point lead over Minnesota.

02/05 10:34:26 ET

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