Blackhawks News

First Vs. Worst: Calgary Preview

By Skylar Peters

Dec 18, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Calgary Flames goalie

Miikka Kiprusoff

(34) makes a save against Chicago Blackhawks right wing

Michael Frolik

(67) during the third period at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Flames 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks’ 9th game of the year comes tonight at the Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. At this point in the season, any team that has the ‘Hawks coming up on their schedule knows it’s gonna be a tough game, and for good reason. Chicago currently tops the Western Conference, with an almost-perfect 6-0-2 record,  a high-powered offense, and stellar goaltending.

Anyone loves to see the Flames win, unless you’re from the city of Edmonton. Tonight, that won’t be the case around here, but at the Saddledome there’s always a great crowd on hand and they are very dedicated group. Look for them to give some energy to the Flames if they gain a little momentum against the ‘Hawks in this one.

Calgary finally picked up their first win of the season against the Edmonton Oilers, and are currently 1-3-1, and last in the West.

Chicago is going to have to pay attention to a few key players on the Flames squad, and if they take care of them it should be no problem getting a full two points tonight. This starts up front with Jiri Hudler. No stranger to the Blackhawks, this former Red Wing had a slow start to the season, but got it going last game against Colorado, and had a 3-point game. Him as well as Michael Cammalleri are their most dangerous offensive weapons. Miikka Kiprusoff is always solid, and the Blackhawks will have to throw everything at the net. However, the Flames defense is lacking and getting it deep and setting up from there should be very successful this evening.

The ‘Hawks should work on the fundamentals, and slowly wear down the aging flames. They always come with a strong work ethic and it should be a fun game to watch, especially if you’re a fellow Canadian, viewing it on Hockey Night In Canada.