Game Preview: Blackhawks vs Calgary Flames 2/3/12

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8 PM Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta

TV:Comcast Sports Net Chicago

Radio:720 AM WGN

The good news about playing the Calgary Flames tonight is that the Blackhawks will get to wash the taste of Sam Gagner out of their mouths pretty quick. This is the last game between these two teams this season and the Hawks final chance to get a win in Alberta.  The Flames have been struggling to score goals of late, but the Blackhawks have had trouble keeping teams out of their net.  The Flames have scored 12 goals in their last 7 games, but 6 of those goals game in one game against Edmonton.  This all seems too good to be true, but the Flames could be just what the Blackhawks need!

The Flames did reacquire Mike Cammalleri from Montreal since we last saw Calgary.  Cammalleri was moved for bonehead Rene Bourque after he had the nerve to tell the Montreal media the truth about the Habs; they suck!  Cammalleri hasn’t made much of an impact since he has only scored 2 goals in his 6 games since the trade. He seems to fit in well with the team ranked 26th in scoring.  It won’t help that Curtis Glencross is out until March with a knee injury.  Mikka Kiprusoff will get the start in net tonight for the Flames.

 

The Blackhawks are in desperate need of two points tonight!  If they don’t respond with a win tonight then some serious changes need to made.  I know the NHL season is very long and teams have bumps in the road, but another loss tonight is more than just a bump.  Ray Emery will be getting the start in net for the Blackhawks tonight.  I am pretty sure Emery was going to start before Corey Crawford wet himself last night.  Razor was in net for both wins against Calgary this season giving up just 3 total goals and posting a .939 save %.  Seeing number 30 between the pipes is something Hawks fans may have to get used to.  If Byran Bickell and/or John Scott are in the lineup tonight I will be very upset.  The Blackhawks need to end this slide they are on and end it quick.  Blackhawk Nation will go into full panic mode if they do not pull this one out.

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