NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
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
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
Calgary is in first place in the Northwest Division, as it owns a nine-point
lead over Minnesota.
02/05 10:34:26 ET