NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, November 12th
(All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (5-7-0-1) at Chicago Blackhawks (6-6-3-1), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Calgary Flames try to put the brakes on a three-game
losing streak tonight when they continue their four-game road trip in Chicago
against the Blackhawks at the United Center.
Calgary's latest setback occurred on Sunday, as it found itself on the wrong
end of a 4-3 decision against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Steven Reinprecht,
Jarome Iginla and Andrew Ference tallied goals for the Flames, who sit last in
the Northwest Division with 11 points.
Jamie McLennan surrendered three goals on 19 shots for Calgary before he was
lifted in the second period. Dany Sabourin took over and turned aside eight of
the nine shots he faced. Regular starting goaltender Roman Turek remains
sidelined with a knee injury.
Calgary, 2-3-0-1 away from home this season, will conclude its trip with stops
in Nashville and Toronto.
Chicago, meanwhile, fell to their second perennial power in as many nights
Monday, dropping a 3-0 contest in Detroit. The Hawks tested Dominik Hasek with
a mere three shots in the final period.
The Blackhawks, who suffered a 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado on Sunday, have
dropped two in a row after winning three straight. Chicago was shut out for
the third time this season and is tied for 27th in the league with only 29
To make matters worse, goaltender Jocelyn Thibault was sent back to Chicago
prior to Monday's loss to get an MRI taken on his hip. Thibault, who is off to
a solid start with a 5-3-2 mark, 2.27 goals-against average and .933 save
percentage, is expected to miss at least two games.
Craig Anderson, who was recalled from Norfolk of the AHL on Monday, will
continue to serve as Michael Leighton's backup. Leighton stopped 28 shots in
The Blackhawks, who remain without injured stars Eric Daze and Alexei Zhamnov,
will kick off a three-game homestand tonight. Chicago is 3-2-0-1 at home
Calgary was 3-0-1 against the Blackhawks last season and is 9-4-3 in the last
16 meetings. The Flames have also won four of their last six and five of their
last eight in the Windy City.
11/12 10:25:46 ET