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Calgary Flames vs Chicago Blackhawks Preview 3/26/2016

The Flames are back at home after a 1-2 road trip to take on the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night.



Chicago Blackhawks @ Calgary Flames, 10 PM ET, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta

Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

The Flames return home to the Scotiabank Saddledome after a 1-2 road trip that saw them get hammered by the Maple Leafs and the Minnesota Wild. Awaiting them? Only the 42-25-7 Chicago Blackhawks. Calgary and Chicago have tangled twice this season, each getting a win with the Flames taking the last contest 2-1. The Blackhawks come into tonight’s game stumbling, having lost 6 of their last 7 with 5 of those defeats at the hands of Western Conference teams. The Flames meanwhile are 3-3 over their last six, but come home on the heels of a 2 game losing skid. The Flames are 6-5-0 against Chicago at the Dome since 2010 and are averaging 3.1 GPG in those contests. The Flames will need those 3 goals and then some if they plan on taking the season series against the ‘Hawks. Here’s how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Chicago Blackhawks
31-37-6 Record 42-25-7
68 Points 91
5th Pacific Division 3rd Central
10th West (tie) Conference 3rd West
5-5 Last 10 Games 3-7
202 Goals For 204
231 Goals Against 183
Gaudreau (28) Goals Kane (39)
Gaudreau (72) Points Kane (92)
Ramo (.909) SV % Crawford (.926)
27th (16.0%) PP 5th (22.0%)
30th (74.8%) PK 24th (78.8%)

The Flames last played on Thursday night and were thumped by the Minnesota Wild 6-2. Niklas Backstrom’s homecoming was a nightmare as he gave up a 1st period hat trick to Zach Parise. Johnny Gaudreau and Jakub Nakladal provided the only offense the Flames could muster. Here’s the highlights:

The Blackhawks last took to the ice on Tuesday night and lost 6-2 to the Dallas Stars. Scott Darling was lit up for 4 first period goals and the ‘Hawks could never recover. Andrew Shaw and Richard Panik provided the goals Chicago would score. Here’s the highlights:

Starting Goalies:

Calgary Flames

Joni Ortio (expected): 4-7-4, GAA: 2.86, SV% .901

Chicago Blackhawks

Scott Darling (confirmed): 7-7-3, GAA: 2.59, SV% .913

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames: Joe Colborne has 9 points in his last 10 games (6 goals, 3 assists)

Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane has 2 goals and 1 assist in his last 5 games.


Calgary Flames: Karri Ramo, Dennis Wideman, Ladislav Smid

Chicago Blackhawks: Corey Crawford

by Mark Parkinson