The Blackhawks continue on the circus trip rolling into Calgary. The Blackhawks are 3-1 in their last four games and have a record of 17-4-4 on the season. That record is good enough for first in the NHL central division. The Flames meanwhile enter Wednesday’s contest with a record of 8-11-4 and 2-2 in their last four games. There record is good for 6th in the Pacific division. This is the second time the Blackhawks and Flames will play this season. This is another game in the ULTRA tough Western Conference where it seems the top teams win almost every night.
Here are three things the Blackhawks learned in their first meeting:
- The Calgary Flames commit penalties and lots of them: In their first meeting, the Calgary Flames committed three penalties for six minutes. For the season the Flames have racked 245 penalty minutes this season. That is compared to the zero penalties the Blackhawks committed in their first meeting. On the season the Blackhawks have totaled 199 minutes on the season.
- The Flames are not intimated by the Blackhawks: The Calgary Flames started a rookie goal tender on the road in his first NHL start against the Blackhawks. The Flames must have forgotten the Blackhawks were the defending Stanley Cup Champion. The Blackhawks roster boast goal scorers Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Sharp to name a few. The rookie goalie, Reto Berra rewarded the Flames with a victory. On the season the Flames only have 8 wins. Will the Flames use Berra against the Blackhawks on Wednesday? We shall have to wait and see.
- The Flames can hold down the Blackhawks: The Blackhawks have been held to two goals or less eight times on the season. The Blackhawks only won two games when scoring two goals or less. They tied two and lost four. One of those losses was to the Calgary Flames. Despite the fact that Flames have allowed 84 goals on the season which is good for 29th in the NHL. The Blackhawks failed to score more than two goals against them. The Blackhawks did muster 44 shots on Flames.
The Blackhawks should not underestimate the Flames despite their poor record. The Flames can score some goals. They are 18th in the league with 64 goals on the season. Corey Crawford gave up three goals to the Flames on 30 total shots. The Blackhawks hopefully have learned from their previous meeting with the Flames. Hopefully this time around the outcome will be a different story.
The Blackhawks will face the Flames at 9:00pm central on WGN TV in Calgary.